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Happy Twelfth Birthday Arduino!

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Happy Birthday Arduino. The development board and prototyping system first saw the light of day on 29 March 2004, at the Interaction Design Institute Ivrea in Ivrea, Italy. Traditionally based on Atmel AVR microprocessors, the Arduino can now be considered twelve years old. And what a widely used system it has proved, coming in many shapes and sizes with its ...

How to build a heart rate monitor with a Genuino 101


Here’s a good one, showing you how to build a heart rate monitor using a Genuino 101 with Bluetooth comms. The project takes advantage of the Bluetooth Smart comms (aka Bluetooth Low-energy) built into the latest Arduino board, so you don’t need another shield. It actually picks up the challenge of the Heart Rate Monitor tutorial that is presented by the ...

Arduino clone delivers power punch via Kickstarter

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Here’s an interesting one. FTDI Chip is using Kickstarter to fund an open source reference design for an Arduino UNO compatible board. The NerO is based on the company’s FT231X USB UART, and delivers 5V at 1A without overheating. It is described as an “Energy Efficient Arduino UNO Compatible Design”. “With NerO we wanted to take a whole new approach from ...

DevBoard Watch: Li-Po battery powers Arduino MKR1000 for IoT


A new Arduino is joining the devboard lineup. Welcome the MKR1000, and yes there’s an IoT focus. According to the Arduino team it’s a board that combines the functionality of the Zero and the connectivity of the Wi-Fi Shield. “It’s based on the Atmel ATSAMW25 that is part of the SmartConnect family of Atmel Wireless devices, specifically designed for IoT. It ...

Enchanted Cottage spells a trip to New York


How would you give new life to everyday objects by “enchanting” them with the “power of the Internet of Things”? This was the question raised by the Enchanted Objects design competition, run by element14, The winner was Andy Clark, of the UK, who turned a miniature cottage into a Arduino Yun-based “smart home”, complete with real-time weather reports, colour-changing LED lights ...

Zero hour for Arduino Zero

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We first write about the Arduino Zero a year ago, but the IoT prototyping board has now been actually released for sale, in the States at least. It’s priced at $49.90.