Fitbit Prototyping
While many think of Arduino as strictly for hobbyists, its ease of use makes it a great tool for prototyping products for the mass market. The designers of the Fitbit, a device for tracking your level of activity throughout the day, wrote to the Arduino team to tell them that they’ve been doing just that:

We had a nice note from Shelten Yuen to say “We’ve been using Arduino for rapid prototyping for a few years now. It’s been a great tool for us in trying things out quickly.” It’s always nice to hear how people use Arduino at work as well as in their hobbies.

Matt Richardson

Matt Richardson

Matt Richardson is a San Francisco-based creative technologist and Contributing Editor at MAKE. He’s the co-author of Getting Started with Raspberry Pi and the author of Getting Started with BeagleBone.


  • Anonymous

    Thanks for sharing!  Very interesting how the Arduino can be a tool to do Rapid Prototyping for the mass market.

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    I really love my tiny new Fitbit! – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0095PZHZE/?&tag=339-20&ie=UTF8 It motivates me to move more and is more accurate than a pedometer. It’s so tiny and fits right on my waist. Love it!