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Announcing a just-maybe-revolutionary microcontroller for all things DIY.

By David Williams and Liam Staskawicz

Microcontroller chips and the tools required to use them were once so specialized that few people could explore their potential without a degree in electronics and software engineering.

From BASIC Stamp kits to Wiring and Arduino boards, manufacturers and open source communities now offer somewhat easier ways to program microcontrollers, enabling cross-pollination between the engineering world and hobbyists, do-it-yourselfers, artists, and students.

But the effort needed to program a chip and design a circuit ...

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