Breaking News
Comments
Newest First | Oldest First | Threaded View
<<   <   Page 2 / 2
Duane Benson
User Rank
Blogger
Transition
Duane Benson   2/13/2014 4:27:20 PM
NO RATINGS
I'm enjoying watching the transition from exclusively hobby to a mix of hobby and commercial application. I wonder if the Arduino folks ever thought their education board would become a viable commercial embedded platform.

It's not totally totally there yet, but it's getting closer.

David Ashton
User Rank
Blogger
Arduinos et al
David Ashton   2/13/2014 4:18:19 PM
NO RATINGS
I used to think that a lot of the fun had gone out of electronics because it had gone so far beyond taking (eg) a 555 and a handful of components and making them do something good on a PCB or veroboard.  But really, things like the Arduino are today's 555s.  They're a component in themselves and if you treat them as such you can have just as much, if not more, fun.  And as pointed out above, their universality and the heaps of code written for them makes them just as good for professional applications.

paul.dillien
User Rank
Blogger
"...or do you think they belong only in hobby projects?" Don't denigrate hobbyist
paul.dillien   2/13/2014 3:36:37 PM
NO RATINGS
How many readers of these pages started out playing with electronics as a hobby and then went on to "catch the bug" and are now professional engineers?

Max The Magnificent
User Rank
Blogger
Re: It's the economy stu#%&d!
Max The Magnificent   2/13/2014 12:40:17 PM
NO RATINGS
@Garcia: ...we are talking about open-hardware designs. In this way, if the production volume increases to a high enough level, you can always take the design files and build your own PCBs.

That's a really good point -- I'd forgotten that all of the Arduino hardware was open-source.

alwaysalearner
User Rank
Rookie
Steampunk exhibit
alwaysalearner   2/13/2014 12:22:16 PM
NO RATINGS
I just finished up your blog article, Using Arduinos for Real-World Embedded Applications. Great article and thank you for including the tip about the Steampunk Springfield exhibit. I have to admit I donít know much about Steampunk but my motto is life is about continuous learning. Iím always on the lookout for cool and different exhibits and Iíll have to try to coordinate a day trip to Springfield.

Garcia-Lasheras
User Rank
Blogger
It's the economy stu#%&d!
Garcia-Lasheras   2/13/2014 12:18:44 PM
NO RATINGS
I think Mark is really pointing in the right way when talking about the problem of building your own custom PCB when there is not a huge production involved.

When the number of units to be built is low, not only you cannot justify the manufacturing costs, but also the R&D and testing process too.

But, of course, we are talking about open-hardware designs. In this way, if the production volume increases to a high enough level, you can always take the design files and build your own PCBs.

<<   <   Page 2 / 2


Most Recent Comments
gleopold
 
Matthieu Wipliez
 
hb11us
 
Bert22306
 
junko.yoshida
 
junko.yoshida
 
betajet
 
Some Guy
 
Some Guy
Flash Poll
EE Life
Frankenstein's Fix, Teardowns, Sideshows, Design Contests, Reader Content & More
Rishabh N. Mahajani, High School Senior and Future Engineer

Future Engineers: Donít 'Trip Up' on Your College Road Trip
Rishabh N. Mahajani, High School Senior and Future Engineer
Post a comment
A future engineer shares his impressions of a recent tour of top schools and offers advice on making the most of the time-honored tradition of the college road trip.

Max Maxfield

Juggling a Cornucopia of Projects
Max Maxfield
2 comments
I feel like I'm juggling a lot of hobby projects at the moment. The problem is that I can't juggle. Actually, that's not strictly true -- I can juggle ten fine china dinner plates, but ...

Larry Desjardin

Engineers Should Study Finance: 5 Reasons Why
Larry Desjardin
28 comments
I'm a big proponent of engineers learning financial basics. Why? Because engineers are making decisions all the time, in multiple ways. Having a good financial understanding guides these ...

Karen Field

July Cartoon Caption Contest: Let's Talk Some Trash
Karen Field
127 comments
Steve Jobs allegedly got his start by dumpster diving with the Computer Club at Homestead High in the early 1970s.

Top Comments of the Week
Like Us on Facebook
EE Times on Twitter
EE Times Twitter Feed

Datasheets.com Parts Search

185 million searchable parts
(please enter a part number or hit search to begin)