from Silverado, CA United States
Boarduinos are not just for experimenting. I have used them for 5 projects around the house and for Halloween stuff. You don't have to solder the legs on. You can leave them off and solder wires directly to holes on the board. You can add all kinds of inputs and outputs like switches, pots and LEDs. For example: to add a pot, solder one side to the "5v" hole, the other side to "gnd" and the wiper to "a0". A call to analogRead(0) returns 0 to 1023. I recommend getting just one "FTDI TTL-232R USB-to-TTL serial cable" ($20) and share it between all of your boarduino projects. I also recommend getting the "9V Wall Adapter Plug for Arduino" ($6.50). It works great for Boarduino too.
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