“The age of makers” as Chris Anderson has called one of his books is probably one of the best ways to put the current state of the Internet of Things in its context.
In an article at the Guardian he gives us his opinion in a nutshell:
“The Maker movement has a long way to go before it can really be said to have come of age. But that doesn’t mean it should be ignored or regarded solely as a hobbyist’s or niche manufacturer’s paradise. It represents the first steps in a different way of doing business. Rather than top-down innovation by some of the biggest companies in the world, we’re starting to see bottom-up innovation by countless individuals, including amateurs, entrepreneurs and professionals. We’ve already seen it work before, in bits, from the original PC hobbyists to the web’s citizen army. Now the conditions have arrived for it to work again, at even greater, broader scale, in atoms. If the Second Industrial Revolution was the Information Age, then I would argue that a Third Industrial Age is on its way: the age of the Makers.”
Arduino vs. the Age of Makers
Arduino is an open-source electronic prototyping platform that allows you to create objects that can really interact with their environment through different triggers and signals. This week I saw a nice image on the Arduino blog; the “evolution of Arduino” hardware made by ‘Make Magazine’.
“In 2005, a group at Italy’s Interaction Design Institute Ivrea developed Arduino as a low-cost, easy-to-use electronics platform for students and artists. It borrows its name from nearby watering hole Bar di Re Arduino. Since exploding onto the maker scene, Arduino has cultivated a flourishing community of inventors, engineers, and hackers dedicated to sharing code and developing hardware under an open-source banner.”
Hobbyists vs. revolution
All open source hardware has a different background. But let us focus on Arduino in this blog post. From the Interaction Design Institute Ivrea to the Age of Makers. The Internet of Things is certainly not driven by the big technology industries. The Internet of Things is also driven by technology hobbyists for a big part.
When you are very curious about the type of ‘things’ you can make with Arduino, look at our post: “5 cool open source Arduino projects’.