This is my first time taking a project down to this level, I have been making/hacking for a long time but until now I really just figured out how to connect pieces that already did what I wanted to do. I have fallen head over heels in love with the Arduino, the board along with the books available took the intimidation factor away and it turns out that it is way easier to make something that does what I want then to try to find it.
That being said I am well into my first project that needs to be finalized, I am controlling some RGB strip LED’s doing some simple fading using a singular external trigger. Simple. I have my Arduino UNO along with a breadboard and a mess of wires. This is certainly not suitable for allowing people to interact with. I know my connections need to be made more permanent and have decided to take a go at making my own PCB. I have narrowed my path down to either attaching the bare ATMega chip to my PCB or attaching an Arduino Micro to my PCB. There are alot of extra parts on the Arduino that I don’t know if I really need but this is a one-off item and I don’t think the $20 US price difference is really worth alot of extra sodering.
Any input/advice is more then appreciated.