So I've been working on my own arduino compatible platform, and was wondering if you guys think it would be financially viable to even do.
Pretty much is a basic arduino system with FTDI, but also has a 5v regulator on it, with my own PCB design. It'd be on a 2inx1in board with the regulator either sticking straight up, or off the side of the board (by bending the pins at a 90 degree angle). It will have an automatic reset through FTDI as well. The only thing I've removed is a reset button. The reason being, this isn't really for development as much as for a final product. It's not breadboard compatible (though, I don't see it being hard to make an adapter for it to work with a breadboard), unless you just run wires like many circuits.
Also, it'd be a wire wrap setup (male headers for all pins). This wouldn't be for development, and the main idea is to have it be for lighting kits for models and rc vehicles (like rc airplanes with marker lights). Anyway, as far as price, I was thinking $12usd for a kit, and $15 put together. Biggest plus over other cheap arduinos being the voltage regulator and diode (to stop reverse polarity to the circuit).
Anyway, what do you guys think? (I already have the circuit designed, and I'll probably be getting a prototype pcb made soon, so it's not too far off from being in production, but it costs money to make PCB's, and you pretty much have to buy in bulk to be financially viable.)