Arduino microcontrollers are pretty awesome. Without the help of an Arduino chip, there would be so many robots and hacks that GeekTech would never have had the pleasure to write about., Using an Arduino or similar microcontroller boards does take a bit of practice and patience, especially if you don't already know how to program.
Teaguedino is a project by Teague aimed at those who can't program, but have plenty of cool ideas. It's an open-source board that not only lets you build your creations, but it also shows you how to code in C (and Teensy++ later on)--essentially, you learn by experimenting and having fun, and not starting off down in the deep end. You can upload your creations to Teagueduino's website, so others can have a go at your idea, or help you advance further with it.
At present, the project is trying to raise funds ($22,000) via Kickstarter in order to create the starter kits at a fair price. Basic kits cost $160, and they'll get you a Teagueduino (with Teensy++ already on there), various inputs and outputs, and a servo bundle. More expensive kits for bigger projects are also available. At the time of writing, the guys are still over $18,000 from their target, but hopefully more people will contribute.
It's a really great project to help get people motivated to create more awesome robots and hacks (that Geek Tech can then later write about!). Watch the video to learn a little more about how Teagueduino works or check out the Kickstarter page to see creations using the electronic board.
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