Where to Begin with Arduino
In this interview, shot in Shanghai, I interview Ricky Ye, the founder of DFRobot, on some interesting aspects and real-world applications of Arduino, the easy-to use hardware platform with a simple programming interface.
If you're a software dev that's always been just a little afraid of hardware (like me), check out our conversation and you'll likely get cured.
And then go read up on Processing. It's even simpler than Java.
(If you're interested in learning more about Hackerspace Shanghai, where this was filmed - you can find it here.)