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I recently received an email from Software Hamilton, a community for software developers in the Hamilton area, in which they were inviting people to a ‘Arduino Workshop’. I had never heard of that name before, so it sparked my interest and I clicked on the link to learn more.

I was amazed to find out that Arduino is an open source hardware project. It is basically a electronic board with a development environment that allows you to write software for the board. If you’re not intrigued yet, watch this video from TED talks and you will understand my excitement.

Arduino can be used to create a variety of different things, such a toys, robots, earthquake sensors, 3D printers, satellites, wait… Satellites? Yes, the ones that go into space. You can pretty much do anything with it. It’s limitless.

After viewing the video above, I stated browsing the web and found some other interesting examples of uses for Arduino. This one Arduino project I found on a, created by a user named ‘ASCAS‘, is a basic home automation system powered by an android device. Its basic version only turns outlets on and off from a mobile phone, but think about the potential. It could pretty much control the whole house!

So what is the ‘Arduino effect’? Well, the greatest thing about Arduino is that it breaks barriers. Arduino is revolutionizing the industry. It’s so much easier now for someone with an idea to prototype it and test it. And it’s fairly inexpensive too. I’m eager to see what new Arduino projects will come up in the near future. I might come up with an idea for my own Arduino project. I’ll make sure to post it here for your amusement.

Your Turn:

There may be other open source hardware projects out there, which I should have taken the time to look into, but I was so excited about Arduino that I wanted to post this right away. If you know of other open source hardware projects, or seen an interesting Arduino project, feel free to share it here with us.

By Felipe Rinaldi

Felipe is an entrepreneur, graphic designer and web developer. Born in Brazil, moved to Canada in 2007, where he now helps Toronto based marketing companies with their development projects.

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