Massimo Banzi

Lugano, Switzerland

About Massimo

TED Conference

TEDGlobal 2012

Favorite talks

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Massimo Banzi
Posted over 2 years ago
Massimo Banzi: How Arduino is open-sourcing imagination
I felt it was more importanto to talk about people, community and ingenuity instead of the technology itself. A lot can be learned about the technology by reading our website or googling around but I think TED is more about storytelling, ideas and looking at the bigger picture. There are a lot of exciting things happening in the maker movement at the moment and a specific technology by itself can be rather uneffective unless there is some kind of philosophy driving it. thanks for your comment m
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Massimo Banzi
Posted over 2 years ago
Massimo Banzi: How Arduino is open-sourcing imagination
I already did in the presentation, on the website and in many other places. I'm also (much more) indebted to Processing or Gcc (a huge community effort that has taken many many years and people to build so that we can all use it freely) I've written a long reply to your second message.
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Massimo Banzi
Posted over 2 years ago
Massimo Banzi: How Arduino is open-sourcing imagination
Your nickname is ironical considering your statement is incorrect. First, there is a slide in my talk where you see all the open source projects we built upon the there is a box called "wiring". It is written on our homepage and in the preface of my book. Wiring was a thesis project done by one of my students under my supervision and Casey Reas, the co-founder of Processing (also credited). I had been researching and making tools long before we made Wiring. I would argue that Processing has had much more of an impact on us and in academia is normal to build upon previous research. Arduino was implemented from scratch to be open source (Wiring was closed source at the time and the HW still is) so we re-used the API.(Oracle vs Google reminds us that APIs can be re-used) David Mellis re-implemented the whole API between midnight and 2am one night in the lab at school, even considering that David is an especially gifted coder, it wasn't rocket science. We re-designed the Hardware from scratch to make a board that would appeal to most people, that could be handmade and priced correctly. We have done a huge amount of work to make it open source Hw/SW/docs. We engaged communities and people all over the world by running workshops, writing documentations and tutorials all of this because we believed in the philosophy behind it and long before there was any money to be made. I wasn't sure I wanted to waste my time correcting you but I represent my work honestly , openly and I put my name on the victories and take responsibility for the failures while you make incorrect statements hidden behind a nickname. I guess it's easy for the readers to see the difference.