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Open-source hardware heralds greater creativity

Aug 13, 2009, 13:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kevin Anderson)

"Open-source hardware has a long history that predates computers with the amateur radio community; and personal computing in Silicon Valley rose out of the hardware hackers of the Homebrew Computer Club.

"At its heart, Arduino is a programmable microcontroller, which was developed in Italy in 2005. You can connect the microcontroller via a serial or USB connection to a computer running Windows, Mac OS or Linux, and program it using the free open-source integrated development environment."

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