Yes , its very neat.
And everything you need is pay USD$35.0 to buy Arduino board. And another USD$20.0 for a Motor Shield.
The others are free !
Free - Dev-C++
Free - OpenCV for using a Webcam
Free - SDL Library for windows programming
Free - Web Server - Write a simple one by yourself. Save money from buying a ethernet shield for Arduino.
Free - Serial Port Programming for talking to Arduino
Free - DC & Stepper Motor Driver (Arduino has Servo Driver)
Free - My AMC Driver can drive both Bi-Polar and Uni-Polar Stepper Motor , so you can find them from a machine easily. DC Motors are everywhere.
I figure out all the tricky part such as :
- Install OpenCV into Dev-C++
- Using SDL_net to write a tiny Web Server
- Serial Port Programming
- Motor Driver for 74HC595N and 293D
You can find all these information on the website and links. And the most important thing is , they're all very simple job. Non of them requires a deep knowledge to make it.