Building with The Open-Source Arduino

Photo by the Arduino Team
Photo by the Arduino Team

Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It’s intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments.

Arduino can sense the environment by receiving input from a variety of sensors and can affect its surroundings by controlling lights, motors, and other actuators. The microcontroller on the board is programmed using the Arduino programming language (based on Wiring) and the Arduino development environment (based on Processing). Arduino projects can be stand-alone or they can communicate with software running on a computer (e.g. Flash, Processing, MaxMSP).

The boards can be built by hand or purchased preassembled; the software can be downloaded for free. The hardware reference designs (CAD files) are available under an open-source license, you are free to adapt them to your needs.

Arduino received an Honorary Mention in the Digital Communities section of the 2006 Ars Electronica Prix. The Arduino team is: Massimo Banzi, David Cuartielles, Tom Igoe, Gianluca Martino, and David Mellis. Credits


Arduino Boards

Arduino Shields

   Arduino Kits

Arduino Uno

Arduino Leonardo

Arduino GSM Shield

The Arduino Starter Kit

Arduino Due

Arduino Esplora

Arduino Ethernet Shield


Arduino Mega 2560

Arduino Mega ADK

Arduino WiFi Shield

USB/Serial Light Adapter

Arduino Ethernet

Arduino Mini

Arduino Wireless SD Shield

Mini USB/Serial Adapter

LilyPad Arduino

LilyPad Arduino USB

Arduino Motor Shield

Arduino Micro

Arduino Nano

Arduino Wireless Proto Shield

Arduino Pro Mini

Arduino Pro

Arduino Proto Shield

Arduino Fio

Note: The reference designs for arduino are distributed under a Creative Commons license Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5. See So you want to make an Arduino? for more information and guidelines on producing your own hardware.



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