A while ago I started working on a flapping wing mechanism using voice coils taken our of hard drives. To drive them I built a set of boards based on the Atmel tiny45. After getting the basic motion down I wanted to use a light sensor to detect motion so that they would only move when something was around to watch them.
Rather than developing on the tiny45 itself, it seemed that the Arduino with its bootloader and built in serial port would make a good emulation platform. All I needed was a “pod”. I scrapped a daughterboard from an old checkreader (that I have a small pile of) and made two out of it.
The last photo is the Arduino connected to the target.