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The Joy of Blink.ino

The Joy of Blink.ino

Talk about the adoption of the micrcocontroller as an artistic tool through the open source hardware movement. Given at Devs Love Bacon 2014, video of talk at:


Becky Stewart

May 16, 2014


  1. The Joy of Blink.ino Becky Stewart becky@theleadingzero.com @theleadingzero

  2. None
  3. what is a microcontroller?

  4. single IC processor memory programmable* ! interrupts low power consumption

    code physical world what is a microcontroller?
  5. single IC processor memory programmable* ! interrupts low power consumption

    code physical world electricity (voltage) lightbulb loudspeaker ultrasonic distance sensor what is a microcontroller? microcontroller
  6. microcontroller processor memory programmable interrupts what is a microcontroller?

  7. 1974 TI begins selling TMS 1000 http://www.antiquetech.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/TMS1000NLC.jpg

  8. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/16/TI_SpeakSpell_no_shadow.jpg 1974 TI begins selling TMS 1000

  9. EPROM is difficult to re-program http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/39/EPROM_Intel_C1702A.jpg

  10. http://www.wingstech.com.ph/Content/images/products/130-114.jpg 1993 Atmel introduces programmable chip with Flash, PIC 16C84

    with EEPROM
  11. Need peripheral things like voltage regulator and other components Use

    a programmer to upload new code http://images.esellerpro.com/2457/I/115/51/full_n36ac.jpg
  12. BASIC Stamp education platform Around since 1990s http://www.parallax.com/sites/default/files/styles/full-size-product/public/90005a.png?itok=sNiar2QH

  13. Created in 2001 by Ben Fry and Casey Reas while

    at MIT Media Lab IDE and language written in Java
  14. Wiring is an open project initiated by Hernando Barragán during

    his masters in 2003 under Massimo Banzi and Casey Reas. http://www.maartenlamers.com/ThisIsWiring/images/wiringboard1.jpg
  15. 2005 at Interaction Design Institute Ivrea

  16. Almost* everything is given away.

  17. *Branding is copyrighted.

  18. Amazing things happen. http://www.adafruit.com/images/970x728/659-04.jpg http://arduino.cc/en/uploads/Main/LilyPad_5.jpg

  19. Amazing things happen.

  20. Thanks.

  21. Becky Stewart becky@theleadingzero.com @theleadingzero