Thanks to Hernando Barragan we now have what looks to be a very simple to use I/O board with a USB interface. The Project is called Wiring. (website) The board features 40 Digital I/O pins. 8 Analog inputs for measuring resistance and such as well as 6 Analog outputs!!
The code looks to be strait C++ with calls to the Serial port. Priced at $60 this is gonna be a hot seller. Shipping may be pricey still better then any thing else on the DIY market right now.
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