@Max, Susan: I could not yet tried hands on Arduino. But this is slowly but steadily getting popular among the serious electronics hobbyists, some started use it for small automation projects (e.g. building automation)...I am from industrial electronics background @work so mostly work with biggers stuffs. But @home I love to try this out and most of my experience is with Microchip and TI...I did some small home automation stuffs with the TI launchpad...this $8 board is someting I will look forward to collect.
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