While the shapes, colors and sizes of the earliest Arduinos may have varied, one thing has remained the same: Atmel at its heart.
During Memorial Day weekend, the first Arduino to be made in the U.S. was hand built by Limor Fried alongside Massimo Banzi in Adafruit’s New York City headquarters. The initial board off the production line — which seems appropriate to have been an Uno (meaning “one” in Italian) — comes just a few days after Banzi’s announcement at Maker Faire Bay Area of the company’s manufacturing partnership with Adafruit, the availability of the highly-anticipated Zero, as well as the launch of its new sister brand Genuino.
With the theme of “firsts” in mind, we couldn’t help but reflect upon the earlier years of Arduino and some of its prototypes. And upon conducting some research, we stumbled upon a photo album showcasing many of them. While their sizes, colors and shapes may have varied, one thing remained constant: they all had an Atmel chip at its heart. (As you can see, many of which powered by an ATmega8-16PU.)
So without further ado, let’s take a trip down memory lane.
Arduino Prototype 0
Arduino Extreme v1
Arduino Bluetooth Prototype
Custom Arduino Board – Lamp Controller
Arduino Prototype 1
Arduino Extreme v2
Arduino Ethernet Prototype
Arduino Bluetooth Proto 4
Arduino Ethernet and PoE Prototype
Want more? You can browse through the entire photo album here.