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Introducing Arduino’s IoT Bundle and what it means for you

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Introducing Arduino’s IoT Bundle and What it Means for You

We’re excited to announce the launch of the new Arduino IoT Bundle. This is built to help you dive into the complex and fascinating world of the Internet of Things with even more confidence and possibility — giving you the hardware, software, and components you need to create your own connected IoT projects.

So how does it all work? Let’s find out more.

What is the Arduino IoT Bundle?

Getting started with the IoT can be a daunting process. It requires a certain set of tools and a level of knowledge to take those first steps, but building your own connected IoT devices can be an incredibly rewarding process once you figure out the basics.

Arduino IoT Bundle unbox

The Arduino IoT Bundle is designed to bring together all the tools and knowledge you’ll need to get started with your first connected IoT devices. It’s built around the Arduino Nano RP2040 Connect, and the bundle also contains electronic components and a series of step-by-step tutorials to help you get started quickly and confidently.

How it works — some examples

The IoT is an incredibly rich area when it comes to building your own connected projects. There are a ton of exciting opportunities here that don’t require an enormous amount of knowledge or resources to get started with.

Let’s take a look at some examples of IoT projects, you’ll find more in the bundle:

Pavlov’s Cat

Training a cat is a tricky business, as any feline owner will know all too well. However, you can now use technology to make this task easier, using an IoT-enabled device you build at home to keep your cats in line.

This project — using only components found in the Arduino IoT Bundle and some cardboard — allows you to build a device that plays a certain melody whenever it dispenses food for your cat. At other times, it will play a different tune and your furry friend gets nothing. 

Just like Pavlov and his famous dogs, you’ll be able to train your cat to associate certain sounds with a reward — teaching your cat when it’s time for dinner.

The Nerd

Remember the days of the Tamagotchi? Caring for a digital pet was something millions of people devoted large chunks of their day to (or not, in the case of the many deceased Tamagotchis).

Now, with Arduino’s IoT Bundle, you can make your own digital pet. The Nerd lives on your desktop and survives by eating food and absorbing sunlight. Your task is easy: just make sure it’s adequately fed and has enough light to bask in. The Nerd will even help you by sending you an SOS in Morse code through a built-in speaker when it’s getting hungry.

You can feed The Nerd by pressing a button which is connected to the Arduino Cloud. Just don’t forget to keep on top of things — these creatures don’t die quietly.

Puzzle Box

This puzzle box is designed to keep your belongings safe(ish) in a cardboard container which is controlled by a fun combination lock. All you need is a few pieces of cardboard and the components from the Arduino IoT Bundle.

The box is kept closed with a servo motor, and will only open up if you turn all the potentiometers to get the right combination for access. You can set the combination in the Arduino IoT Cloud dashboard. To make things more fun, an LED on the box gives you feedback in the form of different coloured lights, letting you know how close you are to guessing the correct combination and gaining access to the box.

The puzzle box works best as a fun game to entertain others, rather than an actual security feature — but it’s still well worth giving a try.

Tap into the IoT with Arduino

Arduino’s IoT Bundle is the perfect introduction to tinkering around with your very own IoT devices at home. It gives you everything you need to get started with some simple projects, and requires very few pre-existing components and not much prior experience at all.

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MicroPython officially becomes part of the Arduino ecosystem

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At Arduino we like to experiment with new technologies to figure out if we can use them to improve the tools we make for our users. We’ve recently been experimenting with the Python language as a possible extension for our programming platforms, considering how it has become the number one language for many types of users. Specifically we’re looking at MicroPython, the version of Python that runs on microcontrollers. We’ve created a partnership with OpenMV, which ported their computer vision oriented virtual machine to some of our products and enabled us to do incredible stuff with the Nicla Vision (for example).

Expanding on this initial experience we were lucky enough to partner with the creator of MicroPython, Damien George, to port the official the virtual machine to a number of Arduino products. You can find our code here. We’re sure you’ll going to love it!

Thanks to one of our developers (Ubi de Feo) we were able to test MicroPython on a class of students and we’ve learned a lot from that experience. In particular, we noticed that it’s hard to find a very simple cross platform MicroPython IDE that would be as easy to use as the original Arduino IDE.

Luckily we came across the work of Murilo Polese, who developed a simple tool we were able to adapt and use for teaching. The results have been so good that we decided to collaborate with him to produce a tool we can share with the community.

We’re very excited to announce the new Arduino Lab for MicroPython, a simple, cross-platform IDE for MicroPython that supports any board with a serial REPL interface so it can also work with non-Arduino boards.

This is not an official product yet, it’s an experimental tool — but we wanted people to play with it so we created a new website “Arduino Labs,” where we’ll post experimental tools for people to try out and give us feedback. It’s not guaranteed that they will become fully released products. In the meantime, enjoy them and try them out!

You can find Arduino Lab for MicroPython at labs.arduino.cc.

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2022-2024 OSHWA Board Nominees

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Become an OSHWA member today to vote on nominees!

This year, we have 5 open seats on the OSHWA board. Board members will hold a 2-year position. Once board members have been chosen by the OSHWA member community, the board will appoint a President, VP, and Secretary. As every nominee answered “Yes” to having 5-10 hours a month to give to the board, we did not include that question in each nominee’s data. Board responsibilities include fundraising, advising on goals and direction, and carrying out compliance of the organization’s purposes and bylaws. Please find details of our election process here.

The vote will be open on Oct. 18th-25th. Members will be emailed a link to vote. Here are the nominees in no particular order:

Harish Kumar K

Why do you want to be on the board?

Technology Delivery to the Needy and Poor

What qualifies you to be a board member?

My Experience and Skills

What is your personal DEI+J (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice) statement?

Reach of Technology to All

David Ray

Why do you want to be on the board?

I feel that as a low to medium volume manufacturer that tends to gather the most business from the ElectronicsTwitter community, I may be able to provide a strongly informed opinion on the state of Open Source Hardware from within the entrepreneurial perspective.

What qualifies you to be a board member?

General Manager – Cyber City Circuits

What is your personal DEI+J (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice) statement?

If you teach people to make things, they will start to make things. If you want true and organic innovation in a community, teach people to make things.

Thea Flowers

Why do you want to be on the board?

To build a culture of open source hardware in the worlds of music technology and small scale manufacturing.

Music tech has long held its secrets close to the chest, despite the incredible DIY ethic of musicians. I want to encourage and empower DIY designers and builders to share their work as open source so that anyone who wants to create music hardware has the resources to learn, create, and build on decades of experience.

Small scale, distributed manufacturing has become increasingly common in our current world as supply chains and customer expectations shift, however, the process of manufacturing at small scale has not gotten easier. I want to build a community around open source hardware that empowers this kind of manufacturing such as pick and place machines, reflow ovens, and test jigs.

What qualifies you to be a board member?

I have been involved with the software side of open source for most of my life. I have lead and contributed to multiple high-profile open source software projects. I have been named a Python Software Foundation fellow because of my work in open source.

I have previously been a staff engineer in developer relations at Google. I have over a decade of experience in open source, community organization, and technical writing. My experience as the founder of an open source hardware company brings a personal perspective to the challenges faced by those who wish to build open source hardware in a sustainable way.

What is your personal DEI+J (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice) statement?

I believe that open source – software and hardware – is for everyone. Knowledge and technology are capable of being incredibly empowering when used with careful intent. Each of us has a moral and ethical obligation to humanity to build a community and industry that is beneficial to us all – especially those that have historically been discriminated against.

Our shared knowledge can not be kept away in universities and wealthy corporations. Our knowledge must be freely available to everyone, especially those who are marginalized.

David Slik

Why do you want to be on the board?

The open source hardware movement, lead by the OSHWA, has a unique opportunity to rapidly grow the availability of open and re-usable hardware designs and knowledge. Together, the community is collectively building a library of open hardware products and hardware building blocks that dramatically reduce the barriers to learning and creating. The OSHWA is uniquely positioned to both promote open source hardware, and to connect and build a community based around learning, sharing and re-use. I would like to contribute through a board position to help build and promote the registry of OSHWA certified hardware, and specifically, to promote the concept of re-usable hardware modules: schematics, PCB layouts and design documentation that can be combined and remixed to rapidly build more complex hardware, similar to how open source libraries accelerate development the software world.

What qualifies you to be a board member?

My qualifications for participating as a board member include over 25 years in the embedded systems, distributed systems, hardware platforms and R&D industries, combined with years of experience creating hardware as a personal hobby. As part of running the research devision of a Fortune 500 company, I also was responsible for community outreach, liaison with universities and researchers, public presentations, and collaborative standards development. I have participated in numerous standards bodies, contributed to multiple ISO standards, and am familiar with the patent process and other intellectual property challenges related to free and open hardware. I am also a senior member of the ACM, and have served as secretary for a volunteer association, so I am familiar with the responsibilities and roles associated with a board position.

What is your personal DEI+J (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice) statement?

Any endeavour related to creating and sharing knowledge and creative work is stronger the more diverse it is. Open source hardware grows stronger from a diverse and inclusive community, and open source hardware fosters increased diversity, equity, inclusion and justice by making hardware more approachable, and easier to get started in. By reducing barriers that disproportionately prevent under-represented communities and individuals from becoming involved in hardware, open source hardware is a positive force towards equity and inclusion.

Eugene Pik

Why do you want to be on the board?

Since the beginning of 2021 I worked with OSHWA in regards to the open source hardware project Uniqopter. I met many great individuals who helped me to get up to speed with the open source hardware. Now is my turn to pay back, to help OSHWA.

What qualifies you to be a board member?

I have 10 years of a board experience as an executive board member of CSCL (Canadian Society for Creative Leathercraft), an organization founded in Toronto in 1950 to promote the beauty of leather along with excellent craftsmanship and unique design.

As the CEO of Uniqopter I’m responsible to create an open source hardware program that targets to create a full size air ambulance. This is going to be a 1st open source hardware program of that scale. As the OSHWA board member I hope to use Uniqopter to promote the open source hardware movement.

Also I have experience with information technology (software, hardware, programming) and if needed can help in that area.

What is your personal DEI+J (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice) statement?

I truly believe that all people are equal independently of their race, language, color of their skin or eyes, their religion or place of birth. As a Jew from USSR I personally experienced bullying, hatred and other forms of unequal behaviour toward different people. One who experienced that on their own skin has better understand of diversity, equity, inclusion and justice.

Jinger Zeng

Why do you want to be on the board?

To make more impact in the open source hardware community.

What qualifies you to be a board member?

Trailblazer fellowship mentor, ex-hardware entrepreneur, go-to-market strategist for open source hardware, advisor to startups, Techstars Alumni, understand global distribution (currently at Hackster.io, an Avnet company) and manufacturing (worked with various Chinese manufactures in the current and past capacities).

What is your personal DEI+J (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice) statement?

As the 1.5 Chinese immigrant from China, I have a big personal curiosity and journey in understanding how tech and cultural background affects human emotions and well-beings. As the tech-savvy, multi-cultural, well-traveled new generation, when I interact with older generations of immigrants (including very biologically closed of my own), when I see their struggles, it often daunt on me on how far we still have to go to make an assertive effort to make everything more inclusive! I have a belief system to work in the direction that drives tech for all, and it’s not only just based on color of our skins or gender type within US or English speaking world, but how it is globally and locally treated and received.

Michael Weinberg

Why do you want to be on the board?

I want to continue to support OSHWA’s goals and community. I’m also excited that OSHWA is now able to support one full time employee, and hope that it is moving towards a place where the organization can support a broader full-time staff. OSHWA is what it is because of volunteers, which is fantastic. That being said, there are many more things that the organization could be doing with more capacity. I also want to keep helping to manage OSHWA’s certification program, which continues to expand and reach more communities.

What qualifies you to be a board member?

I’m interested in open source hardware and excited to be part of the community. I’ve been involved with OSHWA for a number of years as a community member, board member, and board president. I’m also the person who oversees OSHWA’s open source hardware certification program.

What is your personal DEI+J (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice) statement?

While I try to be supportive of OSHWA’s DEI+J initiatives and welcoming to a diverse set of community members, there is no getting around the fact that I’m a straight white male living in the global north. It would be completely reasonable to not have me on the board in favor of someone who brought a more diverse set of experiences to the position.

Oluwatobi Oyinlola

Why do you want to be on the board?

I would love to continually support OSHWA as a board member, most importantly take open hardware to places that have never been before in Africa. I am super excited about the work we’ve done so far, my potential goal is to keep pushing for open hardware using OSHWA framework worldwide and do more to encourage hardware developers to build open innovations.

What qualifies you to be a board member?

My past experience in the hardware space is always solutions that could contribute to the greater good in an open and inclusive way. I see the positive shift in open hardware, especially in Africa and underserved communities, I am excited to see more of it and I would love to keep pushing the impact beyond border with OSHWA.

What is your personal DEI+J (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice) statement?

I am committed to building a sustainable diverse community without any limitations either by gender or the color of their skin.

Craig Polk

Why do you want to be on the board?

Provide help for grant writing. I believe HW should be available and accessible to all

What qualifies you to be a board member?

Have done grant writing for other nonprofits

What is your personal DEI+J (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice) statement?

passionate about bringing opportunities to children of all backgrounds to enrich their lives through education

OSHWA’s Annual Survey

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Open hardware Survey

It’s that time of year! We have our annual survey ready to be filled out by all you wonderful people. We have taken some time to revamp the survey to look at different data point this year so please be sure to check it out and take some time to let us know your thoughts.

Overall the time commitment for this survey is between 5-20 minutes depending on how much information you chose to provide. We would be so grateful to have your feedback so we can continue to improve and grow.

https://forms.gle/nDmJ4m21tG8z2Q5t9

OSHWA 2022-2024 Board Nominations Open!

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OSHWA is looking for 5 new faces to join the board of directors for the Open Source Hardware Association. The nominee form is, as always, for self-nominations only. Please fill out the nominee form (deactivated 11:59PM ET on Oct. 11) to become a nominee or forward the link to someone you want to nominate. Do not fill out the form for someone else. The purpose of this form is to tell voting members why you want to serve on the OSHWA board. We will be publish the nominees and their answers on Oct 13th. Board members hold a 2-year position. Once board members have been chosen by the membership, the board will appoint a President, VP, and Secretary. Board responsibilities include fundraising, promoting OSHWA, advising on goals and direction, and carry out compliance with the organizations purposes and bylaws. Board members must follow our Code of Conduct. See the board member agreement to get a sense of the responsibilities. Board members are expected to adhere to the board attendance policy and come prepared having read the board packet. Board members are expected to spend 5-10 hours of time per month on OSHWA. Nominees can submit questions to info@oshwa.org. Nominations will be open until Oct. 11th.

Member voting will take place Oct 18-25th. View our election policy.

Want to vote in the election? Become a member! Please note that only individuals can vote, corporate members cannot.