What is all this Arduino hype in Pakistan?
If you’re from a technical background or are into techy stuff, you must’ve come across the name ‘Arduino’ at least once in the past few years. So, what is this ‘Arduino’ everyone is crazy about? Let’s find out!
‘Ye Arduino kya balla hai?’
Arduino is an open source computer hardware and software company that designs and manufactures single-board microcontrollers and microcontroller kits for building digital devices and interactive objects that can sense and control objects in the physical world.
Sounded like Spanish?
Well you don’t have to go all ‘Despacito’ over it, we’ll explain what it is. Arduino is a company which makes microcontrollers and techy stuff… (psst…. Microcontrollers are, you can say, programmable circuit boards which you can code and use with hardware accordingly). Arduino produces various microcontrollers of various shapes and sizes, like Uno, Mega, Mini, and so on. You can simply buy the one you require.
… and the most fascinating thing is that the people at Arduino have issued the license of production to everyone. That means anyone can produce and sell these boards, anywhere around the world…….. such generosity.
So now you know about Arduino……. But what’s with the hype?
Life before Arduino
Life before the microcontroller technology was tough as hardware and software were weakly linked and following the traditional IC programming required a hectic routine of pro-level coding, burning, and hardware assembly… and yeah! did we mention that you were not allowed to make mistakes? Because if you did so, you’d have to go through all the steps over again.
Arduino boards made our lives easier, by introducing the plug and play platform, saving us the hassle of going through all the steps and get your work done in only one.
Reason behind Arduino’s Popularity
After its release in 2003, people welcomed Arduino with open arms as it helped bridge the software-hardware gap. Its lighter and less expensive versions were distributed in the open-source community.
Adafruit Industries, a New York City supplier of Arduino boards, parts, and assemblies, estimated in mid-2011 that over 300,000 official Arduinos had been commercially produced, and in 2013 that 700,000 official boards were in users’ hands.
After 2014, Arduino boards have gained tremendous popularity in Pakistan as well, and renowned universities like NUST, UET, FAST and ITU are encouraging their students to make projects on them….. and most interestingly they’re readily available in the electronics market.
So, what are you waiting for? Get yours today, and let us know of interesting projects you made in the COMMENTS!