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I stopped by Eyebeam in NYC on Tuesday to chat with Tom Igoe about the new Arduino MEGA and few other projects that he is working on. I took a quick video and some pictures of the new board to share with our readers.

If you don’t already know, Tom is the Area head for physical computing classes at ITP. He also wrote two of my favorite books, Making Things Talk and Physical Computing (with Dan O’Sullivan). Did I mention he is also part of the Arduino team? Now that’s cool.


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Eyebeam is a really cool space. I haven’t been there before, but I have heard a lot about it. Hopefully I can check it out more in the future. It looks like a great place to be creative.

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That’s 128 LEDs controlled by the Arduino MEGA. No extra parts needed! Also, check out the prototyping shield that Tom used.

Update: Tom sent me a link to more documentation about his 128 LED project. You can read a lot more about it here. Thanks Tom!

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This is the original Arduino MEGA prototype. It’s beautiful, and certainly is a lot nicer looking than anything I ever prototyped!

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I really like these LED’s that Tom was using for a new project. They are really bright, and just look cool.

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This is the original Ardino Duemilanove prototype. It’s red, just like the MEGA prototype. They don’t fool around when it comes to prototyping. These are beautiful boards.

Check out Tom Igoe’s website for a lot more information, including his Monkey Tracking Adventures.

Marc de Vinck

I’m currently working full time as the Dexter F. Baker Professor of Practice in Creativity in the Masters of Engineering in Technical Entrepreneurship Program at Lehigh University. I’m also an avid product designer, kit maker, author, father, tinkerer, and member of the MAKE Technical Advisory board.


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