Arduino: The Documentary

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Here's an interesting 30min documentary on the Arduino story. Thought some of you might find it interesting.

http://www.adafruit.com/blog/201...

[yes I know it's not of a technical nature, but being about the hardware that many people here use I though this was still the appropriate forum to post this. If the mods disagree, please feel free to move it to the off-topic forum]

Writing code is like having sex.... make one little mistake, and you're supporting it for life.

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Arduino uses AVR so of course it is appropriate on an AVR Forum.

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I just watched the video and found it very heartening to see that folks can get together and create something mainly using an extended social context on the Internet.

To me the most interesting idea in the video is that this can be used by high school students to get an introduction to microcontroller and electronic concepts. In my day, you could tear things apart and get a decent idea about how they worked. Back then you really had a hope of building any device from scratch (Heath Kit Color TV anyone?) and fully understanding each aspect of the project. Today, things like cellphones and flat panel TVs have nothing visible outside or inside that hints at what they are doing and how they do it, so I think kids don't have the opportunity to bust thing up and learn.

Of course the Arduino doesn't really do any more that the Basic Stamp, but it is much cheaper and provides an unimpeded path to a higher level programming language (C) than PBASIC and it has the free and open community behind it which the Basic Stamp lacks (great docs and support forum, but not open).

The social aspect of this project is what I think is most responsible for its success and is to me the most interesting aspect of the whole thing. Open projects have existed since before Henry Ford used an 'open hardware' design from the American Machinist magazine to build his first vehicle near the end of the 19th century. So open source isn't what is new, what is new IMHO is the velocity of sharing that we now have.

Smiley

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I agree with Smiley. I thin the documentary does a very good job of capturing the flavor of the arduino community. It's not about design brilliance or manufacturing prowess; it's about spreading a good idea.