Open Learnathon Genova
17 February 2016
Arduino: how the Open Source is a success story on IoT and Makers world
Arduino is an open-source computer hardware and software company, project and user community that designs and manufactures microcontroller-based kits for building digital devices and interactive objects that can sense and control objects in the physical world. The first Arduino system was introduced in 2005, at the Interaction Design Institute (Ivrea, Italy) as a post-doc training tool, then evolved as a platform providing an easy way for novices and professionals to create devices that interact with their environment using sensors and actuators. Since Arduino was born it revolutionized the world of open source computer hardware and software. This concept is a success, because it gives inexpensive possibility to the community to experiment in HW and SW design and to share ideas and original contributions to the connected world, allowing to build on top of each other’s ideas.
Some examples of Arduino based projects born within the community can be found here http://www.arduino.org/blog
The examples above are just the tip of the iceberg: there is a gigantic opportunity in the Internet of Things industry. In the future all the electronic and physical devices will be able to communicate with each other. We believe that an open learning and prototyping platform can help in building the key competencies in individuals and organizations to take the networked society challenge.