How Electronics Connect Us to the World—David Cuartielles (Medea Talks #18)

DAVID CUARTIELLES is a researcher at Malmö University and one of the founders of the revolutionary open-source microcontroller Arduino. On March 1, David Cuartielles gave a Medea Talk about the history of Arduino, and a presentation of concepts and projects envisioned by people around the world. What happens when you bring traditional craftsmanship together with electronics?

How Electronics Connect Us to the World
In this Medea Talk, David Cuartielles discusses the specific needs that lead to the creation of the Arduino platform, but he also explores the opportunities it created for literally exploring the world and getting an understanding on what is that matters in when creating objects that connect to the network to get us more connected to each other.

David Cuartielles makes a quick overview on the history of Arduino and presents concepts and projects envisioned by people around the world. He puts a special focus on the projects developed during his last workshop on electronics at a small village in Oaxaca, Mexico, where the attendants do not own computers and have little or no knowledge about the internet.

What happens when you bring traditional craftsmanship together with electronics at one of the most remote places you could ever think of? What happens when the only way to access your knowledge base (in this case the internet) is yourself? What is truly relevant from some dissemination activities within science, technology, and design?

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More about Arduino
Arduino is basically a circuit board, which by being linked to a computer or a mobile telephone can be programmed to turn off lights, controlling a robot or reading temperatures, and a lot more. Arduino was created in March 2005 by the Malmö University researcher David Cuartielles together with Massimo Banzi and David A. Mellis. The goal was to simplify and democratize computer usage around the world.

The Company Arduino currently has four employees and a number of consultants. As of now, more than 400 000 printed circuit boards are sold worldwide and Arduino web had 53 million visits last month. Arduino is also used by major players like Google and has been praised in magazines such as Wired Magazine and The New York Times.

More about David Cuartielles
David Cuartielles was born in 1974, in Zaragoza, Spain, and has a master’s degree in telecommunications from the University of Zaragoza. He worked as a development engineer at Infineon Semiconductors in Munich, Germany before moving to Malmö in January 2001. He is working at Malmö University, writing his PhD thesis, teaching at K3, and as a researcher at Medea. He also operates four different companies. One of them is the Arduino. David is a frequent speaker all around the world. He has, among other things given a TedXTalk.

Release of the publication Internet of Things
Four times a year Media Evolution releases a publication of the factors affecting media industries. In connection with David’s Medea Talk, they release their brand new publication the Internet of Things. It goes in depth with how the media industries can benefit from a network of connected things.

“När världens stora telekomföretag tävlar om att överträffa varandra i det förutspådda antalet uppkopplade enheter vi kommer ha omkring oss i framtiden, Ericsson-chefen tror på 50 miljarder 2020, kan vi lugnt konstatera att det är mycket som kommer vara uppkopplat. I den här publikationen tar vi reda på vilka förutsättning det finns för mediebranscherna “.

Medea Talk with David Cuartielles
When: Thursday, March 1, 16:00-18:00
Where: at the MEDEA studio, Östra Varvsgatan 11A, Malmö
Whom: The Medea Talk is for free and open to everyone. It is followed by a Q&A.
Publication release: In connection with David’s Medea Talk, Media Evolution releases their new publication the Internet of Things. It goes in depth with how the media industries can benefit from a network of connected things.

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