The Arduino platform is an affordable way to start monkeying around with microcontrollers, embedded programming, and physical computing. Hackszine reader scjohannes sent us this link to a Arduino “getting started” guide on Instructables:
Do you wish to earn your geek card – pronto? Lets get started! This guide will start you on the path to the dark side using the open source Arduino development and prototyping platform. It will introduce you to microcontrollers, get you started with a platform for physical computing and give you the confidence to create technological marvels. It is open source, inexpensive and a blast to learn.
As luck would have it, Arduino kits just became available at the Maker Store! If you’ve got any fun Arduino projects or hacks that you’d like to share, please shoot my an email or add it to the comments.