The Technology Of Tomorrow: Arduino

The Technology Of Tomorrow: Arduino

If you are a curious soul who likes to dissect electronic gadgets but a victim of intense procrastination, then Arduino is the thing for you.

Arduino is a programmable logic controller. In simpler terms, it is very much like a little computer on which you can execute programs that interact physically through light, motors and electronic sensors.

It is an open-source electronic prototyping platform known for its flexibility, easy use hardware, and software. So, artists and creative minds can now focus on converting their visionary ideas into reality.

Features You Should Know About:

1. Open Source

The hardware and software are open sources with free availability of the schematics online. If you are reluctant of purchasing pre-made Arduino, it is fine. Although, you must remember that you are free to buy the individual components and make your own Arduino.

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There are various replica platforms available online that functions exactly the way Arduino does. But the original device lets you support the creators and the future development of the Arduino.

2.  Connectivity

Arduino skyrocketed to fame due to its ubiquitous connectivity. It can be operated independently, it can be connected to a computer and fetch the sensor data from the tangible world.

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It can also be connected to other Arduinos, electronic devices, and controller chips. In fact, it can be connected to almost anything.

The only limitations are your imagination, reluctance for learning something new and the element availability.

Arduino practically has no boundaries. It has seamless possibilities of exploration. If you can think of it, Arduino can do it.

3. No Dearth Of Support

There is a huge community out there embracing Arduino. They believe in helping each other and solve Arduino complexities and grow together.

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The upside of this is that whenever you are running out in the creativity department and you are not able to get the coding right you can always turn to the community for help.

They have numerous amount of pre-coded projects which you can use as a reference point and learn.

When you have like-minded people around you, you can always learn and explore much more effectively.

4. Versatility & Cost

A single Arduino unit costs around $50 which is relatively affordable than other microcontroller platforms. It is affordable by coding aficionados and educational institutions alike.

The programming language used is incredibly simple and it is a cake walk for those who have had any experience in Java or other languages.

It is an amazing learning tool which will let you experiment with electronics and learn the basics of electronics technology.

Its implementation has flabbergasted the electronics industry and more and more people are experimenting using Arduino and exploring unfettered territories in electronic’s industry.

Some Awesome Arduino Applications

Arduino has found interesting applications that span various fields. The following applications prove how Arduino has managed to transmogrify technology.

The Maker-Bot 3D Printer

The Maker Bot 3D printer has revolutionized the art of printing by introducing a masterclass 3D printer. Trust me, it is one of the most promising inventions of our times.

Arduino has been perfectly implemented and the gap between hardware and software is perfectly filled. This has successfully streamlined the art of 3D printing.

It has successfully digitalized the ancient art of sculpting. In the time-lapse video below, you will see how a beautiful Beethoven portrait is sculpted using the 3D printer.

The Maker Bot 3D printer is packed with some great features that will ease the process of 3D printing. A few of those features are an LCD display, default onboard camera. It also has USB, Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity for smooth file feeding.

Undoubtedly, MakerBot 3D printer is one of the greatest gifts to post-modern art.

Fire Fighting Arduino Robot

The fire-fighting robot, with clever integration of sensors and motors, exhibits a human characteristic of fight and flight required for fire extinguishing.

It uses a robot frame, 2 sensors, 2 motors and 2 light sensors to find a source of heat, heads towards it and puts the fire out. All this is done automatically.

Although, this robot is still nascent but I sense huge potential in this idea. If it is implemented on a large scale I believe we can create sturdy and much more powerful robots with intelligence on par with human beings. They can go out there and help firefighters. I think this will be a huge step forward to bring great security in the lives of firefighters.

EyeWriter

EyeWriter is an eye-tracking equipment which comes along with its custom software. It helps paralyzed artist to draw murals with the help of their retinal movements.

It makes the use of 3 IR illuminators in every frame. For even frames, it uses center illuminator and for odd frames, it makes use of 2 adjacent illuminators.


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The pupil appears to be brighter on even frames because it bounces off the light. And it appears to be darker in odd frames. These flashes are tracked along with the pupil movements to trace the movements which help the users to draw murals.

This is a revolutionary concept and it has proved that art has no boundaries indeed.

Conclusion

By now you must be quite sure about how awesome Arduino is. Its applications have a huge potential to push the boundaries of technology.

Engineers now have the audacity to think higher because with Arduino they are sure that this idea will surely be implemented.