Where would we be without Arduino? The user-friendly, open-source prototyping platform has made a lot possible for us at Method. We’ve created memory bracelets that remind you to perform a certain task, built a screen-based “exquisite corpse” to reflect who we are, and even brought our office plant to digital life, allowing it to tweet when it needs to be watered. All with Arduino!
Imagine our thrill when the co-founder of the Arduino project, Massimo Banzi, dropped by Method SF to lead a private workshop. As an interaction designer, educator, and Open Source Hardware advocate, Massimo has worked as a consultant for clients such as Prada, Whirlpool, and Adidas. He authored the book, “Getting Started with Arduino,” and his articles regularly pop up in the Italian edition of Wired Magazine and Che Futuro, an online magazine about innovation.
Massimo also happens to be a very funny, engaging, and patient instructor, which came in handy during our workshop. Despite our group’s varying degree of knowledge with the Ardunio platform, under Massimo’s excellent guidance, we had our code written and little lights blinking in no time. Soon after, we were on to experimenting with pressure sensors, switches, and push buttons. The fantastic workshop taught us that there’s nothing quite like getting schooled by the master himself.