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Over the years Arduino has been the brain of thousands of projects, from everyday objects to complex scientific instruments. A worldwide community of makers - students, hobbyists, artists, programmers, and professionals - has gathered around this open-source platform, their contributions have added up to an incredible amount of accessible knowledge that can be of great help to novices and experts alike.

Arduino was born at the Ivrea Interaction Design Institute as an easy tool for fast prototyping, aimed at students without a background in electronics and programming.  As soon as it reached a wider community, the Arduino board started changing to adapt to new needs and challenges, differentiating its offer from simple 8-bit boards to products for Iot applications, wearable, 3D printing, and embedded environments. All Arduino boards are completely open-source, empowering users to build them independently and eventually adapt them to their particular needs. The software, too, is open-source, and it is growing through the contributions of users worldwide.


Arduino has been used in thousands of different projects and applications. Arduino's software is easy to use for beginners but it is still flexible for users who are more advanced. Schools have used it to build low cost scientific instruments, or to start in programming and robotics. Designers have used Arduino to build interactive prototypes. Arduino is a key tool to learning new things.

Arduino is:

- Inexpensive: Arduino boards more inexpensive compared to other microcontroller platforms. 

- Cross-platform: The Arduino Software (IDE) runs on Windows, Macintosh OSX, and Linux operating systems. Most microcontroller systems are limited to Windows.

- Simple and clear programming: Arduino's software is easy to use for beginners but it is still flexible for users who are more advanced.

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