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This week at CES 2020, open source microcontroller company Arduino unveiled two major developments: (1) a new low-code solution for product creators that design hardware for the IoT, and (2) a new family of chips for a variety of hardware applications. Companies wanting to innovate in IoT typically invest considerably in consultations, development, or in integration projects. As a result, numerous small companies are often shut out of the IoT market given lack of engineering expertise or budgetary constraints.

Arduino’s new tool changes this, promising to enable companies and hobbyists to design, build, measure, and explore prototypes in as little as a day. Secondly, Arduino released its Portenta Family of chips. Currently available for beta customers, the Arduino Portenta H7 module is scheduled for general availability next month.

Arduino’s new tool enable companies and hobbyists to design, build, measure, and explore prototypes in as little as a day.

Portenta features a new standard for open high-density interconnects to support advanced peripherals in industrial applications, AI edge processing, and robotics. Similar to Arduino’s low-code solution, Potenta aims to allow developers to securely and easily develop IoT prototypes and more efficiently move them into production.

Made famous by the Maker movement, Arduino and Raspberry Pi have moved well beyond niche use cases and into prime time. This and similar movements within low-code solutions and templated AI models are driving us towards an interface moment in IoT design and what Kevin Kelly calls the “cognification” of things. Now that you are untethered by the need for sophisticated technical expertise, what experiments and opportunities will you run and create?

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