Arduino! It's a wonderful thing, this open source hardware, and it pops up around here quite often. You can't get much better of an arduino primer—both what it is and where it came from—than this brilliant documentary.
I guess I'm not even tech savvy enough to know what it is based on that video. I guess the term "microcontroller" is pretty self-explanitory, but I still don't understand why it's so much better than anything else and should be something a novice can pick up and use as opposed to others.
If it were truly open source hardware, shouldn't I be cable of picking up the needed parts and making one myself? Maybe that is possible and I just missed that.