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Arduino or Genuino from Intel

Gabe Moretti, Senior Editor

Intel unveiled a new product at the Maker Faire in Rome, Italy this October.  It is a board 7×5 centimeters in size developed in collaboration with the Italian company Arduino.   Joshua Walden, senior VP and GM, New Technology Group at Intel made the official announcement.  “At the beginning of 2015 we introduced the Curie CPU a very powerful yet small processor which is perfect for the “maker” community.  The processor will be central to the Genuino boards.”  The board will be marketed in the USA under the name Arduino 101, but will be known in the rest of the world as Genuino 101.

The Maker community is a hardware open source movement established by Massimo Banzi ten years ago.  The community has grown in importance to the point to attract the attention of large companies like Intel.

The board is targeting the education field to allow the easy implementation of prototypes of systems that elaborate data and connect to a local network.  One of the areas that is planned to benefit the most from the new product is the educational program of Physical Computing known as Creative technologies for the Classrooms (CTC) which is at present active in 300 schools worldwide.  The primary objective of Arduino 101 is to establish a new type of instructor that will be able to introduce a new method for teaching technology.  Joshua Walden stated that Intel would like to establish the CTC program worldwide in the coming few years.  The board will be available in the first quarter of 2016 with a suggested price around $30.00.

The idea that IoT will significantly expand revenue for the electronics industry cannot be justified without the influx of creative developers that are already familiar with the requirements of new product development.  This board brings the capability of teaching how to develop a product in the classroom at a very affordable price.  Hands-on teaching provides the experience required to foresee and thus avoid obstacles experienced by developers working on their first project.  For sure the financial aspects of productizing a design will not be learned from the experience opened by the Arduino 101 tool, but acquiring technical experience is still a valid reason to develop and provide Arduino (or Genuino) 101 to schools and private individuals.

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