Cap’n ArrDrownHo! is the lovechild of Ardweeny and Boarduino and he’s here to commandeer your AVR ships. ArrDrownHo! inherits pros of both and cons of neither. Pick up an AVR chip and start prototyping instantly on a breadboard! Want to replace that costly Arduino in your project with a cheap AVR, but don’t know how? Use the simple plug-and-play ArrDrownHo! piggybacked onto the AVR to act as interface for programming and provide power.
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You know, the more I think about this, the better it looks! I don’t have any use for full-blown Arduino boards because I’m not likely to use any pre-built shields, so the form factor just wastes money. But packing all of the individual “housekeeping” components onto a breadboard is a bit tedious, so this may be the ideal baby-bear solution (not to hard, not too soft).
In fact, it’s easier than a full Arduino because you don’t have to run a bunch of jumper wires to your breadboard.