Invent Your Future With the Arduino 101

The Arduino 101 celebrated its first birthday over Maker Faire Rome weekend. For those who may not recall last year’s announcement, the board combines the performance and low-power consumption of the Intel® Curie™ Module with the simplicity of Arduino.

The 101 keeps the same robust form factor and peripheral list as the Uno, but sports built-in BLE capabilities and a six-axis accelerometer/gyro to help you expand your creativity into the connected world. Additionally, instead of using the 16MHz 8-bit AVR MCU from previous Arduinos, the 101 is designed with a pair of tiny 32MHz cores: an x86 (Curie™, a Quark™ module) and a 32-bit ARC architecture core. Even with this added power, it’s still easily programmable, using sketches from the Arduino IDE.

And so, Hackster, Arduino, Intel, and Seeed Studio are calling upon the Maker community to ‘Invent the Future’ with the 101. Maybe you want to build an autonomous boat for collecting ocean pollution data, a pair of shoes that play different sounds for different exercises, or perhaps even a wireless gesture-based home automation controller? Whichever category you choose, we want to see how you use the Arduino 101 as the brains behind your next invention!

To help get the ball rolling, we’re giving away 150 Arduino 101 and Seeed Studio Grove Starter Kits to the best ideas submitted by November 20, 2016. But that’s not all, top entries in each category — smart home, environment, and healthcare — will receive a Microsoft Surface Pro 4! Project submissions close on February 26th.

Ready to bring your 101-powered ideas to life? Head over to the official Invent Your Future Challenge page! We’ll also be running a series of “getting started” webinars, including some with Massimo Banzi himself. Check back soon for dates and more details!