Micro-controllers and Sensor development performance platforms (1/10)

Sensor Interface comparisons - great resource:
http://www.sensorwiki.org/doku.php/interfaces/introduction

basic sensor guide
http://www.sensorwiki.org/doku.php/sensors/introduction

sensor interfacing techniques tutorial:

http://www.sensorwiki.org/doku.php/tutorials/basic_sensor_interfacing_techniques


building your own usb sensor interface tutorial
http://www.sensorwiki.org/doku.php/tutorials/building_a_usb_sensor_interface


ARDUINO

Arduino is an open-source physical computing platform based on a simple i/o board and a development environment that implements the Processing/Wiring language. Arduino can be used to develop stand-alone interactive objects or can be connected to software on your computer (e.g. Flash, Processing, MaxMSP). The open-source IDE can be downloaded for free (currently for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux).
http://arduino.berlios.de/
Processing is an open source programming language and environment for people who want to program images, animation, and sound. It is used by students, artists, designers, architects, researchers, and hobbyists for learning, prototyping, and production. It is created to teach fundamentals of computer programming within a visual context and to serve as a software sketchbook and professional production tool. Processing is developed by artists and designers as an alternative to proprietary software tools in the same domain.
http://www.processing.org/
Wiring is an open source programming environment and electronics i/o board for exploring the electronic arts, tangible media, teaching and learning computer programming and prototyping with electronics. It illustrates the concept of programming with electronics and the physical realm of hardware control which are necessary to explore physical interaction design and tangible media aspects.
http://wiring.org.co/Software/

Software:
http://arduino.berlios.de/index.php/Main/Software
How to:
http://arduino.berlios.de/index.php/Main/Howto
Programming Reference
http://arduino.berlios.de/index.php/Reference/HomePage
Forum:
http://arduino.berlios.de/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.cgi


Arduino mini - $35.00
arduino bluetooth - $150.00
arduino xbee - $79.00



Other Interfaces:

midisense $50.00
http://ladyada.net/make/midisense/
teabox $400.00
http://shop.electrotap.com/products/teabox
miditron $150. wireless $500
http://eroktronix.com/
the create USB - Dan Overholt: ~$100
http://www.create.ucsb.edu/~dano/CUI/
phidgets ~$150.00
http://www.phidgets.com/index.php?module=pncommerce&func=itemview&IID=85
Eowave interface $200.00
http://www.eowave.com/
the make controller:
http://www.makingthings.com/
Handyboard (kit):
http://handyboard.com/
art interface device (kit):
http://www.student.ocad.on.ca/~aid_dev/

the crumb ~$80.00