The Adventure Continues
Combining the love of technology and design, Arduino is the world’s leading open-source software and hardware ecosystem. The Company offers a range of software tools and hardware platforms so that developers and non-developers, at any age, have the ability to build smart, connected and interactive ‘things’ using affordable and feature-rich technologies.
Arduino is a popular platform for IoT product development and is commonly used for STEM/STEAM projects. All around the world, hundreds of thousands of designers, engineers, students, developers, and Makers are building with Arduino for music, games, toys, smart homes, farming, autonomous vehicles, and more. This new "connected" paradigm where digital meets physical enables anyone to create applications that are literally changing our world.
The first hardware prototype was introduced in 2005, and was based on a school project at the Interaction Design Institute of Ivrea. It helped designers — who had no microcontroller electronics development knowledge — connect the physical world to the digital world. The inspiration came from the electronic board called Wiring, a thesis project created by Hernando Barragan. The Wiring software also leveraged a simplified version of Processing, an integrated development environment that was open source, and developed by professors Casey Reas and Ben Fry.
The Arduino's initial core team consisted of Massimo Banzi, David Cuartielles, Tom Igoe, Gianluca Martino, and David Mellis. The name Arduino comes from a bar in Ivrea. Since the very beginning many people contributed to Arduino developing code, writing examples, doing tutorials, teaching, supporting users and designing hardware. The current state of the project wouldn't have been possible without this assistance.
Since Arduino’s founding, many supporting development tools have been introduced, each expanding the type of software used to program the growing family of Arduino hardware. Today, more than a decade later, Arduino continues to provide open source hardware and software to bring ideas to life. The openness and ease-of-use gave birth to mass adoption of microcontroller-based electronics projects and was a catalyst of the Maker Movement.
Because of its openness, flexibility, ease of use, and affordability, Arduino has become the number one choice for electronics Makers, especially for developing solutions for the IoT marketplace, which has been predicted to become a $6 trillion market by 2021.
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