There is a wonderful technology spring right now, with many different microcontrollers available for very little money — on the order of $2 each. Kits already working and ready to plug into your personal computer’s USB jack and free programming software and tutorials abound. Arduino and TI both have programming tools based on the Wiring project, somewhat modded.
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Added a sketch for testing arduino digital inputs 2-13. Released into Public Domain. See http://jdnash.com/arduino/
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