Ever wonder how the Arduino platform got started? IEEE has a very well written article on the history of Arduino and the global five person team behind its creation. Although Arduino isn’t the most powerful or even the most flexible development board ever to come along, the story of its adoption by the open-source and creative community is a great example of how virtual collaboration can be an incredibly powerful tool.
If you’re a true geek, mark your Italian travel guide with the address for the Bar di Re Arduino in Ivrea, the namesake hangout of Arduino creator Massimo Banzi. Next time you’re there, you can toast the DIY hacking community in his honor. The bartenders may not know what you’re talking about, but your nerdy, nerdy soul will.