Posts with «web'n'stuff» label

Tuco 1.0: a digital door plate

In his blog, Andrea (a student in computer science from University of Napoli “Parthenope”) describes how to make a smart door plate with Arduino.

The goal of this project, which is part of the larger “Sebeto Project” (more information can be found on its homepage), is to provide dynamic information to the user, which can be updated remotely by using an Arduino ethernet shield and a modified Fonera wireless router.

A detailed tutorial on how to build your own Tuco (in Italian) can be found here.

[Via: Andrea Esposito's blog]

Programming Arduino on the cloud: codebender

codebender is web-based IDE, mainly built with HTML5 and Javascript, that focuses on the development for the Arduino platform. Since it is going to be used directly from the browser (note that currently codebender is still beta), it will further simplify the whole development process, avoiding the installation of software and libraries on the local machine.

From the home page of the project:

We want to lower the barrier to entry, which is necessary to help everyday people start their first project, become makers and advance technology instead of using it. codebender requires no installation, so you can get started with Arduino programming the minute you get one in your hands! And with the development tools we provide, you can do so faster and easier! codebender also stores your code on the cloud, so it’s safe and accessible from anywhere, anytime.

Several nice features will be available soon, such as remote flashing: together with an Ethernet shield flashed with a properly designed TFTP bootloader, you will be able to upload a sketch remotely, over the internet! Another nice feature regards its integration with the open documentation available on the Arduino website, which will be accessible directly from the IDE by selecting a piece of code and, then, by pressing ctrl+space.

More information can be found here.

[Via: HackADay and codebender's website]

India, our forum salutes you

India is large … or should I say XXXL? In order to give a better support to all the Arduino interested people in India we have created a new section in our forum where to bring up issues in both English and Hindi. We know there is a growing community coming from schools, maker groups, and the hardware section of the free/open source movement.

To coordinate the efforts around Arduino in India, we have gathered an excellent group of forum moderators (their nicknames are mentioned for you to find them in the forum):

  • Priya (our Arduino representative in India) – beachbrake
  • Sudar -  Sudar
  • Nishant -  NI$HANT
  • Jobin –  jo_v

(there is more to come, as we expect the Indian community to move quick, we will need all the help in the world)

So if you are in India and want to find your pals at our forum, refer to the following website and contribute!,82.0.html

India, our forum salutes you!

Arduino Blog 22 May 11:06

Browser book-marks brought alive using RFID

A device that opens the websites using physical world interaction? This is a step closer to the internet of things. Using our beloved Arduino and RFID tags, we can think of a lot many applications of this device!

Too lazy to create your own Arduino + RFID reader? No fear! Arduino internet Gizmo is here.

A detailed Step-by-step making instruction is given here.

What websites are you going to keep as your shortcuts today?


Arduino Blog 05 May 18:04

We’ve Been Bot’ed: Forum Protection Software To Be Deployed Friday 26th 9.30AM CET

We have been bot’ed, it is kind of cool to show this image where we have 123.456 users in the forum, but it is not really true. We have experienced a pretty nicely made attack to the forum. Not that the machine slowed down, but we got zillions of new users … about 10x more users per day as we used. Check this graph:

123.456 users on the Arduino forum .. yei!

We will erase all the 40.000 non-existing users from the forum as well as implement a whole lot of new patches to the software that will improve the work the moderators are making in the system. We are going to be working tomorrow, Friday 26th between 9.30AM and 11.00AM CET. You may experience small downtimes as we will be implementing incremental changes to the software making sure they work in production.

Arduino Blog 26 Apr 15:34

Print broadway discount stickers using Arduino

A weekend project by Adafruit to print announcements and discount coupons from the internet.

This project uses an Arduino Uno, an ethernet shield, a thermal printer (aka receipt printer) and a Staples easy button to print out the current discount percentages available at the tkts times square booth for Broadway shows.

A beautiful tutorial accompanies the project.


Arduino Blog 24 Apr 16:28

Community is about bringing people in: welcome Arduteka

During the last year we have seen our community growing at a tremendous pace. This has its pros and cons. More people means more people to help out, but also more work in moderating the forum. We want to be inclusive at we work of supporting multi-language forum topics, as well as the multi-language IDE. The way this is done is through delegation and we have been welcoming new moderators recently who, by the way, are making a terrific job and are pushing the team in improving the Database’s response times with very creative solutions.

On top of that, we are opening the blog to guest bloggers. Davide Gomba, head of Officine Arduino Torino, is going to be coordinating the group of bloggers that will be posting contents to the Arduino Official site.

When it comes to the Spanish community, we have been looking at the work made by Arduteka ( in Zaragoza, Spain. They have been running a forum for some time and are very engaged in reaching people speaking Spanish from all around the world. Therefore we have decided to invite Pablo and his partner Carlos to become both moderators in our Forum and guest bloggers to write about projects made with Arduino as well as tutorials in Spanish and reviews of different Arduino-related products.

In this way we are not just enlarging our group of moderators, but bringing people with opinions and a strong interest in getting things done the right way. As Pablo and Carlos cannot be attending two forums at once, we will do our best to import the most informative of the messages in their current forum to also help their current user base feel more comfortable with the migration.

Here a quote from Arduteka’s announcement taken from their website (in Spanish):

Cuando llevábamos apenas dos meses, nos pedisteis la incorporación de un foro en que pudiéramos “conocernos” plantear proyectos, quedadas, dudas y demás…

De nuevo tuvo gran éxito entre vosotros incrementando aún más el flujo de visitas (hasta el punto que nuestro servidor esta cuasi saturado) y generando gran unión entre la comunidad, con una gran comunicación, llegando a diferentes países de habla hispana como España, Venezuela, México o Colombia

Pues bien amigos, todo este trabajo y esfuerzo no ha caído en saco roto para el equipo oficial de Arduino y a partir de ahora colaboraremos activamente en la difusión y organización de contenido en castellano en!

El primer paso, será la unión de este foro con el oficial de de manera que juntemos esfuerzos en la unión y difusión de la comunidad de habla hispana, uniremos experiencias y daremos forma al foro entre el moderador actual Coleoptero y yo.

Arduino Blog 16 Apr 22:28

New Forum Boards and Moderators

Today we welcome three new forum moderators as well as the Dutch (Nederlands) board and a new structure for the French boards. JO3RI and JANTJE are our new Dutch moderators and Nick Gammon becomes part of our Global Moderator’s list.

We are experiencing a huge increase in the traffic on the Arduino site. Most of it goes to the forum. We are happy to see this development in the community. Last month was the first time we reached over 1.000.000 unique IPs on our server and this month we will reach it again. Here a graph showing the development of the visits to the Arduino website:


(c) 2012 The Arduino Team

We are now working in preparing the next generation of the website. It is going to take some months before you see anything coming out, I can only say it will be great We want the Arduino site to be the best place for makers to meet up and share their projects … but it is going to demand a lot of effort to make it happen.

In the meanwhile we will keep on patching the server and we will make sure everything you guys are contributing with makes it to the next iteration of the system: forum messages, playground pages, and translations.

Arduino Blog 29 Mar 16:19