Arduino is an
open-source physical computing platform based on a simple I/O board and
a development environment that implements the Processing/Wiring
Arduino can be used to develop stand-alone interactive objects or can
be connected to software on your computer. the open-source
IDE can be downloaded
for free (currently for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux).
received an Honory Mention in the Digital Communities section of the
2006 Ars Electronica Prix
This kit, once assembled, can be used with Arduino
IDE and it is Arduino Duemilanove compatible.
This KIT uses a MAX232 compatible RS232 driver, instead of the 2 transistors used in the original Arduino serial board, improving the reliability of the RS232 communication to higher levels comparable to the USB board.
The KIT now includes the ATmega328P microcontroller and requires Arduino IDE version 0013. Kit also includes the 3.3V voltage regulator.
The KIT can be assembled following the assembly guide.
You only need a soldering iron,
some solder, a multimeter and soldering skills.