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Ya so a few topics I have a little gliches and I would want to know bout them. Firstly, instead of a picaxe or arduino board can i use a simple breadboard. IF yes, then please suggest a simple microprocessor, how to program it, AND WHERE TO PLUG IN THE USB OR RS CABLE TO??? Cause my conception is that the female usb jack is built on the picaxe board. Secondly, Suggest any other sensor than the SHARP. Any sensor even an audio one will do. Thirdly, I would appreciate if someone actually explained all the special components of a picaxe board. Thanks in Advance. :)