Penny Stamps Lecture: Opensourcing Imagination


When: Thursday, April 11th, 2013 at 5:10 pm


Where: the historic Michigan Theater, located at 603 E. Liberty Street in downtown Ann Arbor


Who: Massimo Benzi, of Arduino fame


Cost: Free (& open to the public, so get there a little early, just in case!)

Coming on the heels of last week’s lecture by Boing Boing founder Mark Frauenfelder (which mentioned Arduino quite a bit!), the University of Michigan’s Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series welcomes Massimo Banzi, interaction designer and co-founder of the Arduino Project.* He’ll discuss the theme of Opensourcing Imagination, for example:

With a variety of sensors, the Arduino is versatile and easy to use for projects as diverse as an exhibit on brains at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, to a DIY kit that sends a Tweet when your houseplant needs water.

*Aside – the Arduino project comprises a pretty amazing open source microcontroller (hardware) with an “integrated development environment (software) that  ” is designed to introduce programming to artists and other newcomers unfamiliar with software development.” It has resulted in tons of cool collaborations/projects. Being open source and relatively new, I’m certain that the uses of Arduino so far have only begun to scratch the surface of the possibilities.

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