ARDUINO

17/06/2009

Recently, our Altair arrived. It’s called the Arduino. This is 2009 so instead of being built by two engineers in Albuquerque, it was built by an open source international cabal of programmers and professors.

A lot of people complain that it’s underpowered and overpriced (even though it only costs $8.64 in 1975 dollars). But you don’t need special hardware to program it. It lets you do all the basic tasks with just a line or two of perfectly comprehensible code. And there’s a thriving community of people busily using it to do all the useless, fun, creative things they’d always dreamed of if only they could get their hands on a computer that could sense and control the world around it. They’re using it to teach houseplants to call for help if they need watering. And they’re using it to play music on glasses of water.

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