Primo and Otto – Two New Arduino Developer Boards for IoT


Just after a month from the release of MKR1000, the Italian company Arduino has introduced to new developer boards in the weekend show at Maker Faire Bay Area in San Mateo on May 20, 2016, to target IoT (Internet of Things), which are named as Primo and Otto Arduino.

What are Primo and Otto?

Primo is the first IoT board from Arduino which has built-in WIFI, Bluetooth low-energy, NFC (Near Field Communication), and Infrared like traditional wireless standards. While Otto comes with a built-in microphone, which supports Amazon Echo API.

Primo Arduino Board

Because of the built-in wireless standards, Primo is very useful for the IoT developers to build systems. In the past, the IoT developers needed to connect additional boards for getting a wireless networking. But, after the release of Arduino Primo Board, they just need to add some components to the Arduino kits and they can design whatever they want with this IoT Board. As the Arduino CEO, Federico Musto said, the increasing interest of techies and hobbyists in developing gadgets with an automatic internet communication led them to develop this board.

Primo Arduino
Primo Arduino

For an example, if you want a network to measure seismic activity, then you need only a few components for measuring vibrations and building movements, and a real-time data can be sent to a central server for its analysis.

Primo board is the first product made with the collaboration of two companies Arduino and Nordic Semiconductor which has provided the Bluetooth chip for the Primo and its cheaper version Primo Core. The Primo Core does not come with the WIFI support but having the core functions included. It contains a button-cell battery which can be directly integrated with larger boards like Alicepad, which adds a USB connector and antenna by breaking out some of the connectors.

Both the Arduino Primo and Primo Core will be available in the current month or next month (July). The company has not revealed the price of the Arduino boards yet.

Otto Arduino Board

‘This is the first time when a microphone is built on the Printed Circuit Board (PCB) by us’, said Federico. The board allows us to talk, for e.g. “switch on the lights”, “switch off the lights” or “where am I”.

Otto Arduino
Otto Arduino

Otto comes with numerous connectors which allow an easy integration with other Arduino projects. Otto will work with the Amazon Echo, which allows controlling your smart home devices with the support of Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa. You can fit Otto in any room regardless the location of Amazon Echo or Alexa.

The company has not revealed the price of the Otto Arduino Board too. But, the development board should be available in a couple of months from now.

Growing Family of Arduino

After exactly a month before the launch of the Arduino MKR1000 and Genuino MKR1000, the company has introduced the two new development boards, Primo and Otto targeting the Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Both the boards are yet having no price tags but are going to be available soon in next few months for sure.


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