Inventing the Future with Arduino
As every maker knows, Arduino is a very ductile instrument, that can be bent to one’s wishes to command/ build/ make whatever one wants.
In the past, Arduino was a board that needed to be connected by cable to the things it was supposed to command: a servo, a motor, lights, alarms, etc.
Recently, the Arduino YUN board introduced the WiFi connectivity in the Arduino World, allowing Arduinos to be used to command without wires and cables whatever the makers wished to use for their projects.
With the latest addition to the range of products, the Arduino YUN Mini, this has become even truer: as it is a very small board, which without accessories has a very limited weight and dimensions, and with its accessories remains still small, wireless connectivity is possibile even for the smaller spaces and when a very light thing is needed.
Style, the Italian Corriere della Sera newspaper’s weekly magazine, has recently (Number 5, May 2015) compared Arduino, together with other instruments and kits available, to a Lego solution to create the object that did not exist.
As you probably already know, Arduino is used by a number of designers to design and implement their ideas, to turn them into reality, and Style Magazine mentions, together with Arduino, Makey Makey, from a number of Ph.D. students idea at MIT Media Lab: a box with a micro controller and other pieces, based mainly on Arduino’s technology. This instrument, using conductivity properties of things and objects (e.g. fruit), can connect anything having conductivity properties to the Internet and allows you to make music with it, but goes also beyond music making.
And it mentions LittleBits, a hardware Library built with preassembled electronic components that connect to one another thanks to magnets, allowing to connect them only on the right side (wich is particularly useful when given to kids to experiment with them), and offering more than 50 modules.
It also mentions the DIY Gamer Kit, a hand-held games console that you make yourself by soldering together all of the parts, featuring and Arduino as micro-controller.
And last, but not least, it mentions Ototo, a kit to make music from anything, whether one is musician creating new ways of interacting with sound, using sensors to transform their project; or somebody exploring music and electronics for the first time. Ototo has 12 touch keys which can turn anything into a musical instrument.
But what do these projects have in common, apart from being innovative, intelligent, and making it easy for everyone to turn their dreams and projects into reality?
They’re all part, since mid February 2015, of Moma’s Collection, in the Design Exhibit called Humble Masterpieces, curated by Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator, Department of Architecture and Design.
Useless to ay, we’re very proud and honored to be featured in such an important collection, and the reasons why Arduino, together with the other innovators mentioned here and in the Style Magazine pages, are that “These objects reflect the deep and central role technology and interface design now play in education, production, and our everyday lives. In their own unique ways they allow audiences—artists, designers, and active maker-culture enthusiasts, pros, children, and amateurs—to engage with the processes and final products that are usually the preserve of electronic engineers.” Which is, really, what makes us happy about our products: they’re easy to use, accessible, and they help anybody turn their long-dreamt-of ideas into a real thing, especially taking into consideration nowadays possibilities, open to everybody in Maker Spaces and FabLabs, of using 3D printers, laser cutters and other instruments, which were not available to the general public earlier.
by Silvia Bianchi
Photo credits: Ototo.fm