EU Prizes and Successful Project Ending

Posted by on September 28, 2015

The SandS (Social and Smart) project was a 3 years EU project within the FP7 framework, aiming at creating the whole infrastructure for a social network of connected home appliances. The partners worked in creating a whole recommendation system that can take a natural language input as a way to request tasks to be performed by the kitchen appliances. Arduino SA developed a board that could be used to hack any appliance and connect it to the so-called SandS cloud.



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This project was supported the FP7 Program from The European Union with the grant number: 317947.


Arduino was also present at the Nice Prize (Network for Innovations in Culture and Creativity in Europe) ceremony which is an initiative that supports the creation of innovative projects made in Europe. The second prize went to PlanEt, a project using Arduino to “collect and visualise biological data from plants in order to increase the citizen’s consciousness about the role of plants in cities”.
Our project CTC (Creative Technologies at the Classroom) was selected among the finalists (a total of 230 projects where participating) and got the fourth price along with a project called Home Back Home:  “Home Back Home proposes a platform for analysis, monitoring and treatment of new models of domestic living.”




Arduino comes back to Ars Electronica

Posted by on September 14, 2015

After nine years, Arduino comes back to Ars Electronica to present an intelligent module system developed at the Malmö office, the system is called Eslov and is meant to make creation and coding very easy. This system allows you to explore the concepts of physical computing by plugging modules that can be programmed using a visual interface.


Our partners at the PELARS* project and some of our team members went to Linz to build the PELARS “Learning + Making” Zone for the U19 / Create Your World area, a part of the festival dedicated to teenagers. A pop-up experimental learning environment was built and it aimed to support learners understand what is going on when they do hands-on science, technology & math in the classroom. Students and visitors tried Eslov and made some game dynamics to experience how the modules work. The feedback from the participants was encouraging with many students staying for a couple of hours and even returning back for multiple sessions.

Eslov will be also presented at the Maker Faire New York on September 26th to 27th, and Maker Faire Rome on October 16th to 18th.
*Pelars stands for Practice-based Experiential Learning Analytics Research And Support. Pelars is a project meant for improving how teachers, learners and technologies can support one another in hands-on learning of science, technology and math (STEM). Pelars will develop technologies (kits, sensing and electronic systems for classrooms) that will help teachers and learners understand what happens when people do science and math in the classroom.


PELARS project has received funding from the European’s Seventh Framework Programme for research technological development and demonstrations under grant agreement 619738.

If you want to follow up the development of the project in depth, visit the PELARS main page at:


Robots are for everyone, The Conference Malmö 2015

Posted by on August 24, 2015

Nerea de la Riva designed and led a robotics workshop using our robot Svante at The Conference 2015 which is an event that gathers international speakers and offers workshops to explore the latest trends in the digital world. “The Conference is organised by Media Evolution, a community of 400 companies thriving in the sharing is caring culture of Malmö and southern Sweden.”
The workshop included a conceptual introduction of robotics in science and everyday life, and a practical introduction to motors, lights and movement control. Attendants learned how to control and program the robot using ultrasonic sensors, servo motors and LEDs.
Check out the video below with the robots queueing to follow one of the workshop participants.


Web Developers Gathering in Hamburg, So Coded 2015

Posted by on August 4, 2015

So Coded 2015 is a conference for web developers that gathers local and international developers to mingle, discuss and share knowledge about the web for two days in Hamburg, Germany. David Cuartielles gave a presentation using animated gifs to talk about Arduino, the hacking spirit, education and interaction design. He spend time inside a very beautiful church called the St.-Johannis-Kirche that is also used as a venue for non-Christian events like trade fairs and conferences.
You can watch David’s talk here.

The So Coded conference took that whole environment as the theme for the talks: “THE WIZARDS OF THE WEB ARE GATHERING AGAIN”.
There were many interesting talks like Jina Bolton’s presentation on Sass that is a CSS extension that allows pre processing of many features like variables, nesting, inheritance and more, back into a CSS stylesheet. Watch her talk here.
Douglas Crockford talked about the advantages of using Javascript and the contradictions of the web like domains and trademarks.
On the other hand, Hannah Schickedanz who was an editor of a makers magazine called World Sweet World gave a talk about trading the experience of living in an apartment to living in an old school bus while travelling around New Zealand for two years. The DIY lifestyle to its maximum.
Photo: @chris_muetze
Photos: David Cuartielles

CTC Catalunya 2015

Posted by on July 17, 2015

We have just started CTC* Catalunya 2015 in Barcelona with David Cuartielles preparing a group of 200 teachers that will be teaching CTC* to students in Cataluña in September. A technology fair will be hosted by the end of the program and we expect more than 2500 people to attend.
Last year’s show included over 240 projects, which means we will probably have twice as many for this year’s show. This is the second edition of the program and it will reach 103 schools; we expect about 2.500 students to be involved in the project and the final fair will be at CosmoCaixa Museum in Barcelona on February 6th, 2016. Since the numbers promise a lot and the amount of people participating might be big, we will need the whole temporary exhibition space at the museum to be booked for the fair! :)
Click here for a press article on the teacher training in Barcelona. (in Catalan).
*Creative Technologies in the Classroom (CTC) is a collection of experiments aimed at transforming the way technology is taught in schools around the world. These experiments introduce basic concepts in programming, electronics, and mechanics.
Thanks to the Departament d’Ensenyament of the Generalitat de Catalunya and our partner eduCaixa Obra Social “La Caixa” who is also involved with launching CTC for 75 schools in Andalusia this fall. Stay tuned for news on CTC Andalucía.


Etopia Kids Summercamp 2015

Posted by on July 14, 2015

The Etopia Kids Summer Camp is hapenning for the third time in Zaragoza thanks to a great collaborative work with Etopia Center for Art and Technology. Aside from the activities from previous years, this year we developed new content to teach Internet of Things to 9-12 year old kids. We called it: “Internet de tus cosas” (which means Internet of your things). The summer camp had 7 different programs for different ages with activities such as: stop motion, cinema, photography, robotics, 3D printing and an introduction to all activities for beginners.

The summer in Zaragoza has been a success even with the heatwave that stroke Spain in the last days (Zaragoza even reached a 43 C temperature). Kids surely know how to have fun while learning and making. Check out this video where David Cuartielles led them to make an experiment with Mentos, coke and Arduino Yún.


Thanks to the Fundación Zaragoza Ciudad del Conocimiento, Obra Social Ibercaja and Zaragoza’s City Council.

David Cuartielles at Sonar +D

Posted by on June 30, 2015

David Cuartielles gave a talk about the value of Open Source in the popular Sonar Festival in Barcelona as part of the Sonar+D section. He also gave a workshop with Alessandro Contini (Making Noise with Arduino) and participated in Meet The Expert which is a series of 10-minute professional coaching meetings with experts in different fields.
Sónar+D is the international conference that brings together a combination of activities with a common theme: the relationship between creativity and technology and the digital transformation of the cultural industries involved.

Photo: Sonar+D
There was a brief introduction about Arduino and David presented some examples like:

  • The Alcontrol Device (a breath analyser that detects high alcohol levels and limits mobile usage of a user depending on how drunk he/she is)
  • The involuntary dance machine that uses electrical stimulus to different muscles
  • A 5-day hack to a car that needed be driven remotely by musicians playing live
  • A large scale light installation for the Jakarta Marathon

He also got the opportunity to talk about robotics, kids learning about coding and electronics, and the future for Arduino. As an addition, our dear collaborator for Casa Jasmina happened to be the closing keynote. Bruce Sterling talked about technology, music and the past and current states of the industry. Check out a summary of his talk here.

CTC Kreatech Technology Fair

Posted by on June 16, 2015

We were looking forward for the Swedish students of CTC Kreatech* to show the outcome of their courses. We’ve just celebrated the technology fair and the presentation was held at our partner’s space STPLN, which is a great cultural space next to one of the most important open skateparks in Sweden. The event had a participation of 100 students and 30 projects.
The students got to use the machines at Fabriken (STPLN’s Fablab) to 3D print or lasercut parts for their projects and presentations. They did a really good job at exhibiting their creations: a very young group (11-12 years old) won the best project by presenting a plant watering system that regulates water pumping with a humidity sensor.
Other projects included a wearable LED bracelet, a remote control car, elevators, a pouring salt cloud machine, a prototype of a chair for people with mobility limitations, and a turning head doll controlled with sensors. We were really glad that some also added complexity to their projects by using remote control via bluetooth. School and government representatives felt engaged to make a bigger and better technology fair for next year. Congratulations Malmö for the success!
*This is a project that works with eight different primary and secondary schools in Malmö with the participation of 16 teachers and 400 students to implement the CTC Educational Program which is a collection of experiments aimed at transforming the way technology is taught in schools around the world. These experiments introduce basic concepts in programming, electronics, and mechanics.
CTC Kreatech is financed by The Swedish Inheritance Fund (Allmänna Arvsfonden) and it’s a collaboration between STPLN and Arduino Verkstad.
Photos: Alrik He


Video by Staffan Hessel

Our Educational Program CTC got funded by Internetfonden! (Internet Fund in Sweden)

Posted by on May 27, 2015

We are very glad to announce that our project Creative Technologies in the Classroom (CTC) was selected to be funded by the Internetfonden in Sweden which is an institution derived from the administration of the .SE top level domain. Part of the profits from that domain suffix go to different funds for various initiatives that contribute the Internet development in Sweden.
“The selected projects have to be related to technological development, applied research, dissemination of knowledge about the Internet and its use, and develop or use the Internet in an innovative way.” -Internetfonden
We will improve the CTC* project by adding content for the Internet of Things**, we will implement our educational program to high school students so they learn how to connect the physical world to the Internet through practical examples and projects using Arduino Yun.
*Creative Technologies in the Classroom (CTC) is a collection of experiments aimed at transforming the way technology is taught in schools around the world. These experiments introduce basic concepts in programming, electronics, and mechanics.
**Internet of Things brings to life the idea that everything can be connected to the Internet: your microwave and your car, your locks and your bike at the gym. All these objects can communicate with each other and exchange data to offer people easier ways to manage everyday life tasks.
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CTC Castilla 2015 Technology Fair 3rd Edition

Posted by on May 19, 2015

Creative Technologies in the Classroom* gives us a lot of joy whenever we visit the students’ fairs. Each iteration of CTC (Madrid, Castilla, Barcelona and so forth) has its own technology fair and it is meant to award and congregate students and their projects.
*Creative Technologies in the Classroom (CTC) is a collection of experiments aimed at transforming the way technology is taught in schools around the world. These experiments introduce basic concepts in programming, electronics, and mechanics.
Arduino Verkstad, teachers, school and government representatives join as well to celebrate and share what students have learned along the program. This year is the third edition of CTC Castilla and the fair had 140 projects, 936 students and 70 teachers. We have noticed that:

  • Teachers learned along with the students since they are not reproducing the CTC projects as the final projects, they have innovating by bringing new ideas
  • We got told that teachers are forced by the students to open the labs late after school hours because they want to spend more time working on their projects
  • Students have become pretty good at pitching projects, not only their production is excellent, but also their presentation skills

Some of the most impressive projects are:
A robotic hand controlled from a phone that even had an app with the sign language alphabet so that the hand would “talk” for you, and an R2D2 made of recycled materials. All the pictures and many videos of the projects can be seen here. Thanks to Centro Regional de Formación del Profesorado, Castilla La Mancha and congratulations to all CTC participants!