Hopefully this project will encourage people without much electronics knowlegde to start using Arduino.
artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments.
But as a teacher assisten in a Arduino (Design) course at the University of Oslo I have experienced first hand that the programming often was the main challenge to get things to work.These were design student with little or non programing experience, and to tell them that the Arduino was programmed in C++, and not in Java as some of them knew, was quite a dealbreaker (even though the difference is barely noticable). So, allowing them to program in Java was a great advantage. Remember that the Arduino board is made for Quoteartists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments. and not nessecary for codemonkeys.
Things have sure changed in Universities... isn't the point of going to University to learn how to make such things as the Arduino instead of using it? Why would an artist know Java? And wouldn't he see that it is pretty much the same thing as C++, especially in such a low power device as the Arduino?