I am new to circutry but am well versed in the art of software coding. I would like ot buy an arduino that a can load a program onto and it can run by itself without the computer, but i also want to be able to send datta from the computer to it using bluetooth or OSC. I found this circuit add-on that might help for wireless but im really lost i dont know where to start with hardware, in particular what console to use... so i would appreciate some help? P.S. my price range is like about $100
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First of all your price range is more than enough..
if you are new to programming Microcontrollers i would suggest you go for the Arduino Uno, this would give you a proper introduction, its cheap too costs something between $20-$30, but this has limited number of GPIO (general purpose input output) so i would suggest you to go with an arduino Mega, it has more than enough GPIO they would virtually never exhaust and has more Code and RAM space.
you mentioned you were good at Software coding, then let me tell you to be prepared for some huge differences in programming methods (if you are going to use assembly), and one more thing
if you wanna build your own arduino, you can buy its that have all the components , all you have to do is solder them and you are good to go
http://arduino.cc has some good list of Arduino Manufacturers in the Hardware Section, and always you can order one fro the parent website.
It completely depends on what you want to do with the arduino, if its just basic hobby projects you probably want an uno and it is quite cheap too.
this list of arduinos and features might help you. http://www.sparkfun.com/tutorials/148
Personally, I like the Netduino, more powerful processor, memory, etc, shield compatible with Arduino, and the programming language is C# within Visual Studio. www.netduino.com I've also been using, and quite happy with, XBee radios. I have one on my breadboard (2-wire + power/ground), and one connected via USB to my desktop. Range is about 100 meters, simple serial communication back and forth. Search for XBee on www.sparkfun.com for produts/prices/tutorials, etc. If you need more GPIO, shift registers can provide more.