1972 was a spectacular year, for many reasons, not just because my beloved Tottenham Hotspur won the first ever UEFA Cup final. No. 1972 was the year video game pioneer title Pong was released by Atari, gracing our screens with an actual game to played against an actual computer, right in your living room. Gaming has taken unfathomable leaps since that time, and we rest upon the precipice of a world immersed in virtual reality environments.
Those First Moments
For an area of continued growth, exploration and of some excitement for future generations of electrical engineers, look no further than the humble Arduino. Comprised of a single-board microcontroller, the Arduino project was breathed into life as a 2005 project for several students at the Interaction Design Insitute Ivrea, Italy. Initial units cost around $100 to manufacture, an outlay deemed too expensive for students.