... until I found this page, finally:http://arduino.cc/playground/Main/InterfacingWithSoftware
I was at robotshop.ca reading their blurbs many months ago.
It is a mistake that Arduino boards do not convey this interfacing concept
in the initial marketing descriptions. Phidgets conveys their real time
data acquisition ability more clearly. So I bought phidgets and gave up
trying to answer that one question about Arduino.
Yesterday, I found the answer for my wind speed data acquisition.
I mentioned Arduino in the description. I will likely buy Arduino Uno today
for the first time.
I am writing this here because I can't find an email to Arduino marketing.
I don't use Twitter.
Note to marketing: I checked "Why Arduino?" and "Getting Started"
to see if I could see the idea of real-time host interfacing for data acquisition.
I still don't know how I finally found your interfacing page.
Maybe Arduino interfacing sample rate is too slow or is not the best
way of doing it and I just don't know what most people do for interfacing.
Arduino actually looks like over-kill for my need, with a processor on board.
I looked at "AVR Stick". I don't want USB 2.0 trouble.
I'll find out by trying Arduino Uno.
I'll be back for help or maybe not. Arduino looks very easy and great.
I just didn't know it. I thought it was too complex for my simple purpose.
(I hope Arduino marketing sees this. Pass it on to them, if you know how).