The italian open source electronics platform Arduino, based on easy-to-use hardware and software intended for anyone making interactive projects, is collecting high-profile partnerships. The most recent is the one with Microsoft that made Windows 10 the world’s first Arduino certified operating system. “Arduino-certified” Windows 10 enables makers to easily create smart objects combining hardware-driving capability of Arduino with the software capabilities of Windows.
Artik platform and the Internet of Things
Just a few weeks earlier, South-Corean vendor Samsung had joined the Arduino Certified Program with the launch of its new Artik platform. The Artik family is among the elite group of Arduino Certified processors that are compatible with the Arduino ecosystem. The Artik platform can be programmed utilizing the Arduino Software Development Environment (IDE), allowing developers the benefit of tapping into the Arduino community for ideas, insights and best practices. “Arduino Certified Artik gives the Arduino passionate community the right tools to create something revolutionary in the Internet of Things, in a faster and easier way”, said Massimo Banzi, co-founder and Ceo of Arduino.
Galileo, a new collaboration with Intel
In 2013 the company announced a collaboration agreement with Intel Corporation so that the Intel Galileo board became the first product in a new family of Arduino Certified boards featuring Intel architecture. The platform is easy to use for beginners and for those looking to take designs to the next level.
Arduino started in 2005 as a project for students at the Interaction Design Institute Ivrea, in Ivrea, in Northern Italy, where Massimo Branzi, one of the founders and now Ceo of Arduino was a teacher. Banzi and his collaborators strongly believed in open-source software and worked on developing a quick and easily accessible platform in the form of a project that would be open to as many people as possible. The other founders are from the USA and Spain with a global developing and managing team that includes many Italian engineers, developers, designers and managers.
Since its launch, Arduino has turned into a vibrant global community. It represents today the first widespread Open Source Hardware platform, created to simplify the process of electronic prototyping. It enables “everyday people with little or no technical background to build interactive products”. The Arduino Starter Kit is available also in Italian (and the Italian kit is a project by ToDo, a design studio based in Italy).
Arduino, the italian open source
The Arduino ecosystem is a combination of three different elements: a small electronic board manufactured in Italy that makes it easy and affordable to learn to program a microcontroller; a free software application used to program the board; and an online community that shares views and know-how on the website and contributes every day to a project that has a “Made in Italy” core but is also truly global.