Make Your Own Arduino
Ben 2013-09-11 15:17:00 -0700
The Arduino is a fantastic microcontroller for use in a variety of projects. It's easily programmed in a small, lightweight, multiplatform program, it has a huge community with tutorials and project ideas, and works great for a variety of tasks. Only trouble is the cost. The Robotics Club at SJSU uses Arduinos as the brain for almost all our robots. But by making them ourselves, we drastically reduce the cost from around 30 dollars to around 5. By building them ourselves, it's a great tool to teach basic electronics, soldering, and robot design. It also teaches you what you need to do to embed one in custom PCBs later.