Arduino: Open source hardware

Check out Arduino, a totally cool tiny embedded computer suitable for creating smart things - art, robotics, sensors and controllers. You program it on your laptop, and download the program to the device. I tried it, it was pretty easy. Had to touch wires and stuff though :)

It appears to be a vibrant community with lots of people building compatible boards as well as add-ons which they seem to call "Shields". For example here's a shield to allow wireless communication between two Arduinos.

If you want to learn more, check out books called "Physical Computing" and "Making things Talk".
Posted on May 19, 2008 and filed under Technology.