Arduino has become so popular these days, we’ve decided to devote an entire blog post to it. As I’m sure you already know, Arduino is a tool for making computers that can sense and control more of the physical world than your desktop computer. It’s an open-source physical computing platform based on a simple microcontroller board, and a development environment for writing software for the board.
We recently visited the Maker Faire UK and saw many interactive hardware designs using Arduino and we’ve included some interviews describing the technology below.
WHAT’S AN ARDUINO? JIMMY FALLON KNOWS IT…
An Arduino Uno appeared at The Tonight Show thanks to a project called Wildfire Warning System created by a 14 years old girl from California. Take a look at the video to discover how you can detect fires using a gas sensor and a temperature sensor.
Reference: The Arduino Blog
MOTION DETECTING SMART DOORBELL
Knock knock. Who’s there? A motion detecting smart doorbell that senses when someone is near the door! It will use a webcam to detect motion. When activated, it will play a greeting and then take a photo and email it to someone to let them know who is at the door.
In this tutorial, you can learn how to install and setup a webcam, a USB sound card, a microphone, and a speaker.
MICROSOFT EMBRACES MAKERS WITH ARDUINO
At Build 2015, the company showed off its commitments to Makers — including those that use development- and DIY-centric systems, such as Arduino, Rasperry Pi 2, Intel’s Minnowboard Max and Hackster.IO.
Windows 10 IoT Core is for low-cost, small-footprint devices, and it’s free for Makers and commercial device builders.
Microsoft also said it has entered into an official partnership with Arduino, and that Windows 10 will be “the world’s first Arduino-certified operating system.”
What are your thoughts on Arduino? What are you building that includes Arduino technology? Let us know!