I went to a local cafe for brunch today, and I couldn’t be more delighted to see this poster at the cafe:
So is this where the name ‘Arduino’ came from? Not really. According to Wikipedia, the name of the open-source microcontroller Arduino comes from the following:
Founders Massimo Banzi and David Cuartielles named the project after Arduin of Ivrea, the main historical character of the town. “Arduino” is an Italian masculine first name, meaning “strong friend”. The English version of the name is “Hardwin”.
The poster is actually an advertising poster made by Italian artist Leonetto Cappiello. The painting was done in 1922 for La Victoria Arduino. There are apparently multiple posters, which you can find here. In any case, a pleasant surprise to find the name of my friend ‘Arduino’ on the poster 🙂