In 2005, Massimo Banzi needed a teaching tool to introduce students to electronics and the result was Arduino.
Now, in 2014, it is not clear where Arduino is going. Here is a quote from Massimo Banzi.
We’re working on the Arduino Tre, which will be a super small Linux machine, kind of like the Raspberry Pi, that can work with a screen and a keyboard. But even simpler than that, because we want people without a lot of experience in technology to be able to just plug it in and use it. Even if they don’t understand Linux yet.
Seems like Arduino is following Pi, BeagleBone, and other companies. Has Arduino lost its way?
There are now many options for hobby electronics. These range from Android devices to Field Programmable Gate Arrays.
I ask this question because I don't find new Arduino products very exciting. I would rather play with BeagleBone Black Rev C than Tre.
There are also totally new areas to explore. I never expected to see a hobby product like Mojo with FPGAs http://embeddedmicro.com/products/mojo-v3.html.
How do I interpret this mission statement for the future of Arduino?
Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It's intended for artists, designers, hobbyists and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments.
Arduino is an incredible success but what about the future?