The Arduino- an affordable, open source microcontroller board- has been touted as connecting the real world to your computer (a few Arduino projects: a battery life extender; a DIY Water meter; a tweeting; self-watering garden system; an open energy monitor; a sun-tracking solar panel). We talk to Arduino co-founder Massimo Banzi about the power of the Arduino, how it’s “not for nerds” and how it was kept alive by the fact that it was open source.
The last part — specifically how Arduino stayed alive by being open source — makes an interesting point about the potentially short life-cycle of closed hardware.
Make a robot friend with Adafruit’s CRICKIT – A Creative Robotics & Interactive Construction Kit. It’s an add-on to our popular Circuit Playground Express, FEATHER and other platforms to make and program robots with CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. Start controlling motors, servos, solenoids. You also get signal pins, capacitive touch sensors, a NeoPixel driver and amplified speaker output. It complements & extends your boards so you can still use all the goodies on the microcontroller, now you have a robotics playground as well.