Here is a truly barebones Arduino setup. Just the Arduino chip and a few support parts. This has to be close to the simplest and lowest cost way to play with microcontrollers. The only special parts are the resonator and the Mega168 programmed with the Arduino boot loader. Everything else you should already have as an electronics hobbyist.

Ardunio Breadboard – [Via] Link


  • HOW TO – Arduino breadboard shield – $10 & 10 mins – Link
  • Arduino ProtoShield assembly + use – Link
  • HOW TO – Control your Mac from Arduino, the easy way – Link
  • Arduino variant – Bare-Bones Board – Link