On Wednesday, as promised, I received my Galago board. Galago is a kickstarter project that provides a built in debugger for prototyping arduino boards. It is on the small side about 1.5" by 2/3". It is much smaller than Annika O'Brien's board but costs lots more. Annika's is about $5 a board whereas Galago is 5 times the cost. The key to the Galago is the debugger. I experimented with it for about 30 min yesterday and it seemed reasonable. Note that the debugger environment currently requires programming in C rather than the arduino mainstay, processing and the resultant sketches. I ordered a 5 pack of Annika' s boards on kickstarter and can't wait to get them so I can do some "beyond the blinking lights and switches projects" this summer. Something liberating about a $5 arduino board! Of course a nice debugging environment also is liberating. I will keep you posted on my progress.
Note that although the bulk of my posts have been on hardware that is not my overall intention. I should diversify soon. Later!