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Gadget Freak Case #201: Plug & Play Sprout Board

Jared Bouck found that off-the-shelf monitor systems were lacking the features he needed and were cost-prohibitive, so he created the sprout board, which is 100 percent open-source and totally customizable to the needs of implementations.

Jared Bouck has created what he calls the sprout board. It’s is a high-quality main board that is designed to allow users to simply plug in an Arduino and create a wide variety of high-quality practical projects.

Jared's system is 100 percent open-source and totally customizable to the needs of each implementation. The applications based on the sprout board range from automated gardening control, home heat, and sprinkler systems to interactive art projects. Because this gadget is based on the flexible Arduino platform, anyone from a beginner to an expert -- with a little programming background -- can customize it.

Here is the finished sprout board. It allows the microcontroller and an accessory shield to dock with it
and utilize the on-board features with ease.

Here is the board with Arduino and Ethernet shield mounted.

The assembly of the sprout board is very simple and requires very little experience with soldering.

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