March 16, 2011 AT 4:22 pm

Arduinos Provide Interactive Exhibits for About $30 @ NYTimes


Arduinos Provide Interactive Exhibits for About $30 @ NYTimes.com. Ladyada was interviewed (and Tom Igoe, Massimo, BubLabs!) great article by Nick Bilton!

Limor Fried, chief executive of a company called Adafruit, which sells Arduinos and other interactive components, said a number of artists buy motors and buzzers from her online store to try and make their artwork come alive.

“Artists want to create pieces that interact with the viewer, and the Arduino makes it so simple to do that,” Ms. Fried explained.

The do-it-yourself movement has been the driving force behind this new world of interactive art, she noted. “Hackers and geeks have been doing this for years, building all sorts of cool robots and interactive experiences, but now it’s become so simple and inexpensive that artists and designers have adopted it, too.”

Ms. Fried said artists often bought motors or sensors that detect light or sound. These can be used to create engaging interactive elements of a museum exhibit in which the viewer becomes a part of the art through movement or touch, she said.

A rich online community has developed around the Arduino. There are thousands of free tutorials, examples of programming code and forums to help people learn how to control and manipulate the device. This online community has helped to put the Arduino into designers’ hands and has made it a major part of museums around the world.

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  1. The NYT article mentions Arduino is pronounced “arr-DWEE-no”. I hear many people pronounce it as “Adrino” but the official version is something like “Arr-dhoo-eknow” (arduino.cc/en/uploads/Main/Arduino_Duemilanove.wav). Which one should we use?

  2. Trust the wav file 🙂


  3. I wouldn’t fault you if you pronounced it just about anyway.

    Now, if you try to pronounce “duemilanove”, 9 times out of 10 I’ll reply with “bless you” or “gesundheit”


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