Bare Bones Board
The Bare Bones Board is basically an Arduino without a USB connection. It does all the same stuff as the Arduino, but it's way smaller and less than half the price ($15 unassembled).
I was just wondering if anyone has any experience with this board, since I'm thinking about buying one. I am reluctant to install my $35 Arduino Diecimila permanently into my robot, and I'd be much more comfortable using this $15 which I can just leave installed and not feel badly about.
What I'm wondering is if it really does act just like an Arduino. From what I gather, the only thing missing is the communication chip and USB connection, which is replaced by a programmer you buy separately. That would be great, since then I just have to buy the serial programmer for $7* and I can use that for all my future $15 cheap-o microcontrollers. Is this the case?
This would also prevent me from having to move over to Picaxe, which I was eyeing for its affordability and smaller size. The main reason I didn't want to is simply because I prefer the C programming language.