A new version of the Arduino IDE (1.6.12) supporting OSX Sierra is available for download! All OSX users updating to Sierra are invited to also update the IDE to avoid crashes when uploading sketches.
This update includes an experimental integration with Arduino Cloud API already used by Arduino Create. The Arduino Cloud is simple tool to connect your Arduinos to the Internet and to each other. From now on, when you insert for the first time an Arduino/Genuino or AtHeart board which needs an additional core, you will be prompted to automagically install its bundled software.
You’ll notice that the example menu has been reorganized, making it much more consistent and easier to navigate.
We’ve released version 1.0.7 of Curie core as well, which is a transitional release guiding us towards 2.0.0 with BLE central role and a lot of other goodies. You can read all the details on the forum.
Joining a list of others from Germany, Spain, Italy and Portugal, Europe’s latest Genuino reseller hails from The Netherlands! Let’s give a warm welcome to Pieter Floris, who we recently had a chance to catch up with to learn a little more about the work he’s been doing with Floris.cc!
- Tell us a bit more about Floris.cc.
Early in 2009, I was searching for a good “learning kit for Arduino” for use in a physical computing course at Communication & Multimedia Design (CMD Avans University – Breda). I found the ARDX kit from Oomlout. I had some email contact with Aaron from Oomlout, got a list of components, started gathering parts, composing kits, and a few weeks later, Floris.cc was born. The ARDX kit was my first product (including the Arduino Duemilanove at that time). In the years following business was growing, I started reselling Adafruit, Sparkfun, Pololu, and I was even one of the first shops outside the U.S. reselling the Teensy boards. I still focus on education, making lots of kits for schools and universities.
- What’s your company’s super power?
From the start, I wanted a personal approach, the latest gadgets, and super fast delivery. It’s very satisfying to hear from happy customers! Big thanks to the Maker community–they give me super power!
- Do you have a favorite Arduino/Genuino project?
My favorite Arduino/Genuino project is “Blink,” the first blinking LED is magical.
Floris.cc Store Website – Facebook – Twitter
A few weeks ago, an announcement was posted on the Arduino Forum mentioning new improvements on the software side of the Arduino/Genuino 101. With this release, the board–which was developed in collaboration with Intel–is reaching its full potential, with not only better code generation but unlocking useful features to make your sketches even more interactive as well.
You can easily upgrade the core using the Arduino IDE’s Board Manager (pictured below), while Arduino Create users will be automatically updated, so no action is required–the cool thing about the cloud!
In more detail:
- The GCC compiler has been updated to support hardware extensions to the ARC EM core in the Intel® Curie™ module. This provides significant improvements in floating point operations, bit shifting, and other operations to enhance Sketch performance.
- The Arduino/Genuino 101 platform offers 2MB Flash storage onboard, which is now enabled for user sketches.
- An experimental driver has been implemented to enable the I2S interface via the CurieI2S library. Connecting the I2S bus to an external DAC (digital to analog converter) allows users to play high-quality music (HiFi).
Other improvements and bug fixes:
- Motion Sensor: Several sample sketches, like MotionDetection, have been implemented to demonstrate the application of the IMU data
- Bluetooth LE: Several new examples for BLE peripheral library added
- IMU: Correct motion detection setting implemented
- Library CurieTimerOne APIs are now compatible with the TimerOne library
For comprehensive release notes refer to the Intel Open Source Technology Center on GitHub.
A big thanks to everyone who already submitted their projects, performances, and workshops for Maker Faire Rome. However, due to such an incredible demand, the Call for Makers submission deadline has been extended to Thursday, June 30th. That means you have one more week to send your applications to participate in the 4th edition of Europe’s biggest innovation event, held October 14-16,2016 at Fiera di Roma.
Want to join us in celebrating Maker culture this fall? With more than 100,000 square meters of exhibition space available, submit yours now!
Prizes and contests
All the projects selected within the Call for Makers are automatically eligible for the following prizes and contests if they match the requirements specified in each regulation.
Congratulations to Geoff Seawright for the following photo showing a cute dog getting angry with four-legged Arduino spider. He’s the last winner of our MKR1000 giveaway, which kicked off back on Arduino Day! Thanks to all the participants sharing their pics and mentioning our new official Arduino Instagram account!
There’s a new Genuino reseller in town! Everyone say hello to Cytron, who is excited to have a number of Genuino products available for its Malaysian customers.
We recently had the chance to sit down with Youn Koon Hong (pictured above holding a Genuino Uno) to learn more about his company:
- Tell us a bit more about Cytron.
We are the largest e-commerce store in Malaysia providing off-the-shelf electronics and mechanical parts to assist Makers, inventors, and engineers in experimenting with their ideas. You can easily turn your concept into a reality using our parts and our services.
- What’s your company’s super power?
We know how to support Makers and our experienced team can assist you along the way.
What’s your favorite Arduino or Genuino project?
We’ve been doing tons of projects using Arduino, especially since it’s an excellent platform for anyone, whether an amateur or pro, looking to build electronics. Here’s the link to our top 10 favorite projects.
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