In the November 2008 issue of Wired, there’s a great article about the Arduino and the current state of open source hardware development. The Arduino microcontroller is a handy little unit for small projects, and is manufactured in Italy. Not only is it versatile, it’s cheap – you can get your hands on one for about $35 US.
Limor Fried, electrical engineering mastermind, is quoted about the work she does with the Arduino board, and the role that reverse engineering plays in innovation. Fried was recently mentioned here on dotFiveOne for her “Citizen Engineer” video project with Make Magazine’s Phillip Torrone.
Check out the article, and then comment here on dotFiveOne about any Arduino projects you’re working on. Has anyone used the Freeduino board? What do you think about open source hardware development?