The boards can be built by hand or purchased preassembled; the software can be downloaded for free. The hardware reference designs (CAD files) are available under an open-source license, you are free to adapt them to your needs.
Arduino received an Honorary Mention in the Digital Communities section of the 2006 Ars Electronica Prix. The Arduino team is: Massimo Banzi, David Cuartielles, Tom Igoe, Gianluca Martino, and David Mellis. Credits
Development: For information on the development of Arduino, see the Arduino project on GitHub. Changes to the software are discussed on the developers mailing list.
Elsewhere: You can find lots of pictures of Arduino projects and workshops in the Arduino tag on Flickr. Related links can be found on the Arduino tag on del.icio.us.
Windows, Mac OS X or Linux; or for your board: Arduino Nano, Arduino Mini, Arduino BT, LilyPad Arduino, Wireless shield. If you're having trouble, check out the troubleshooting suggestions.
Examples of how to work with the Arduino language and common electronic components; further readings on the foundations; information on hacking and extending the Arduino hardware and software; external resources.
language (see also the extended version); a collection of libraries for working with various types of hardware; a comparison with other prototyping platforms, and information about the components of the Arduino board.
http://www.ted.com Massimo Banzi helped invent the Arduino, a tiny, easy-to-use open-source microcontroller that's inspired thousands of people around the world to make the coolest things they can imagine -- from toys to satellite gear. Because, as he says, "You don't need anyone's permission to make something great."
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