Roboduino - Robotics Microcontroller , 100% Arduino Compatible
I just finished designing and building a microcontroller board. The microcontroller board is basically an Arduino with extra features. The Roboduino features power busses by every pin and UART dedicated pins. This means no need for annoying and costly Arduino shields. The Roboduino is also 100% compatible with the Arduino software and can even accept Arduino shields.
As for programming the Roboduino you can either use the Arduino software to program or program in straight GCC. ( I personally do straight GCC because I like having complete control of the board and knowing whats happening in the detailed level)
Heres one cool project that one of our beta testers for the Roboduino had created : http://seriousrobotics.wordpress.com/2008/12/22/balancing-roboduino/ . Its a self-balancing robot with the Roboduino as its brains.
Btw I know all you guys are diehard PICAXE guys and use BASIC. I used to be a BASIC fan as well. Then I moved on to C and I will never turn back!
Anyways, if you guys have any feedback or comments post it up here , I'll check back on this topic.
P.S. In the spirit of the season I'll offer you guys a 5% discount on a Roboduino. Just use the promo code : letsmakerobots352