This fascinating Gadget Lab post examines the Arduino phenomenon and compares it with more robust (but far less ubiquitous) alternative BeagleBoard, with commentary by Make: Online senior editor Phil Torrone. Be sure to read the comments.
Readers: Do you use an Arduino or some other other form of microcontroller — or even a mini PC like the Beagle? What do you use it for and why did you choose that platform? Leave your thoughts in comments.