The myriad incarnations of the Arduino are really a testament to the effectiveness of platform standards that are designed around an open hardware, open source model. The Tinkerlog provides us with another example of this with an alternative take on the “breadboardable” Arduino:

A couple of month ago I ordered my first Arduino board. It was one of the Diecimila revision. As I often try something on my breadboard, I found out, that it can get troublesome to connect the Arduino with the breadboard over and over again. Others found that out as well and have solutions for that. An Arduino clone that snaps nicely onto your breadboard, e.g. Boarduino or RBBB.

So what to do if these boards are far away across the ocean and it is holiday season everywhere? You may have guessed it, we build it on a prototype board.

You know you want to make one.

The Tinkerlog post provides a complete howto, complete with the nitty-gritty on programming the bootloader. The project’s components are readily available and can be obtained for about $10-15. Of course, this means you should probably make like 10 of them and give some away to friends and coworkers.

Arduino on a prototype board – Link