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Best Arduino (compatible) board?

I want to make the next generation of the "Start Here"-instructions be based on Arduino instead of Picaxe.

Some will say that it was about freakin time, but so far the advantage of the Picaxe has been that I could chose a single board that "did it all": Hook up Motors, Servos, sensors and everything.

This, and the fact that the Picaxe Basic Language needs very little introduction, made it the choise - even though the Arduino series has been a lot more popular recent years.

However, now there are such boards as The uBotino V2 Kit that does it all: You can connect servos and motors and sensors and all.

It is not that I mind the Arduino shields, it is a nice way of thinking IMHO, but for a start robot, I need AT LEAST motor control on the main board.

But it is a open source jungle out there, so I need your knowledge;

What other boards are there, that at least has motor control on the board, and even better if it can also control servos, and or other stuff? And has this board good community support, and can it be purchased assambled?

Thanks friends :)

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I know the Groboduino board : http://letsmakerobots.com/node/19757 

the romeo board : http://letsmakerobots.com/node/9808 

but I would like to try and modify a metaboard : http://metalab.at/wiki/Metaboard  (I do not really like ftdi cables and the romeo board is a little expensive) 

Yes, thanks a bunch konto89 - Groboduino and Romeo, I knew these, was just too occupied with looking around on Google, and forgetting that we have it all here ;)

Thanks. I will have a cloder look at those.

And NOW I am interested in hearing if any one knows of similar that I have not heard of. Or forgotten ;)