IT’S REAL!! Developing news.. A new era for Arduino begins today @arduino #FreeArduino #ArduinoisFree !?
A bunch of folks alerted us to what appears to be big news and really good news, we are waiting for confirmation from Massimo and team, but this what is making the rounds…
Update IT IS REAL! We got confirmation from Massimo directly! Arduino / MAKE.
A new era for Arduino begins today
Chiasso, Italy, July 28th 2017: BCMI, the company founded by Massimo Banzi, David Cuartielles, David Mellis and Tom Igoe, co-founders of Arduino, announces that today it has acquired 100% ownership of Arduino AG, the corporation which owns all of the Arduino trademarks.
Following the acquisition, Mr. Massimo Banzi becomes the new Chairman and CTO of Arduino. Dr. Fabio Violante will be appointed as the new CEO, replacing Mr. Federico Musto who will pursue other opportunities outside Arduino AG.
“This is the beginning of a new era for Arduino in which we will strengthen and renew our commitment to open source hardware and software, while in parallel setting the company on a sound financial course of sustainable growth. Our vision remains to continue to enable anybody to innovate with electronics for a long time to come,” said Mr Banzi.
“I’m really excited and honoured to join Massimo, the co-founders and the amazing Arduino team as CEO. In the past two years we have worked very hard to get to this point. We envision a future in which Arduino will apply its winning recipe to democratize the Internet of Things for individuals, educators, professionals and businesses,” said Dr. Violante.
Arduino is the world’s leading open-source hardware and software ecosystem. The Company offers a range of software tools, hardware platforms and documentation enabling almost anybody to be creative with technology. Arduino is a popular tool for IoT product development as well as one of the most successful tools for STEM/STEAM education. Millions of designers, engineers, students, developers and makers around the world are using Arduino to innovate in music, games, toys, smart homes, farming, autonomous vehicles, and more.
BCMI is the the company formed in 2016 by Arduino’s co-founders Massimo Banzi, David Cuartielles, David Mellis, Tom Igoe, Fabio Violante and Moviri S.p.A.
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It’s all good except that Chiasso is in Switzerland, not in Italy
I’ve been following the many travails of Arduino over the years. The seem mostly self inflicted harms. Is there a chance that a legitimate and well organized foundation might eventually take over the project and set up a good governance structure?
Except for the name, which is possibly their biggest asset, I’m not sure a different group couldn’t spin off the IDE, create their own reference hardware designs, and do a better job overall.