Really. Maybe. I think.
Microsoft has announced their answer to Arduino and the open hardware movement. The Gadgeteer tool kit is based on the .NET framework and uses the C# programming language. The first motherboard, the FEZ Spider from GHI electronics, clearly prioritizes easy hardware configuration. The board is covered with an array of ports for the other components to plug into. It promises solder-less hardware setup.
If you are a little skeptical about something which uses the words “Microsoft” and “open-source” in the same sentence, you are not alone. Still, the idea of simply plugging in hardware components does have its appeal. If you want to try it, the FEZ Spider board and a collection of supplementary hardware are available now for pre-order and ship September 30. You can get a starter kit with the board and and quite a few components for the reasonable price of $250.
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