What is Arduino?

WHAT IS ARDUINO?

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Technically Arduino is:

is an open-source single-board microcontroller, descendant of the open-source Wiring platform,[1][2] designed to make the process of using electronics in multidisciplinary projects more accessible. The hardware consists of a simple open hardware design for the Arduino board with an Atmel AVR processor and on-board I/O support. The software consists of a standard programming language compiler and the boot loader that runs on the board.[3]

Arduino hardware is programmed using a Wiring-based language (syntax + libraries), similar to C++ with some simplifications and modifications, and a Processing-based IDE.[3]

Currently shipping versions can be purchased pre-assembled; hardware design information is available for those who would like to assemble an Arduino by hand. Additionally, variations of the Italian-made Arduino—with varying levels of compatibility—have been released by third parties.

The Arduino project received an honorary mention in the Digital Communities category at the 2006 Prix Ars Electronica.[4][5

The first prototype of the Arduino is in the constant exhibition at the MET museum in NYC

(extracted from wikipedia – read the whole article in this link)

But if i have no idea what is written above… still what is Arduino?

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The “what” is still a little vague, and that’s the Arduino’s strength. It’s the glue people use to connect tasks together. The best way to describe an Arduino is with a few examples.

  • Want to have a coffee pot tweet when the coffee is ready? Arduino.
  • Want to have plushie steaks glow? Arduino.
  • How about getting an alert on your phone when there’s physical mail in your mailbox? Arduino.
  • Want to have a Professor X Steampunk wheelchair that speaks and dispenses booze? Arduino.
  • Want to make a set of quiz buzzers for an event out of Staples Easy Buttons? Arduino.
  • Want to make a light-up arm cannon from Metroid for your son? Arduino.
  • Want to make your own heart rate monitor for cycling that logs to a memory card? Arduino.
  • Want to make a robot that draws on the ground, or rides around in the snow? Arduino.

For someone who doesn’t know about electronics, or microcontrollers, this sounds cool and fun, and you’ll want to join this club. This is the type of stuff kids want to make — you can even trick them into learning some things along the way. These are the projects science fiction stories are made of, the things gadget sites blog about. What do all of these have in common? They’re ideas that usually wouldn’t actually happen, things we normally just dream about. But now these fantastic ideas are brought to life, and it’s very likely a non-engineer made them.

(extracted from Make Magazine)

So,  What can i do with Arduino?

Drones:

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Robots:
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Wearables:

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3D Printers:

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Medicine & Health related gadgets

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 Check the Air Quality

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Automate your home

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And almost anything you can imagine!!!!!

 

And if you still what to know more, please watch “Arduino, the documentary”

Arduino The Documentary (2010) English HD from gnd on Vimeo.

 

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