Michael Carey's experience in the marine electronics industry and with amateur radio means his first ever Arduino project hasn't been the typical blinking LED: instead he interfaced a MuRata GyroStar rotational sensor to a Freetronics Eleven!
The GyroStar is a Piezo-electronic device that measures rotation, and they're used in marine autopilots to keep the boat travelling in a straight line. Michael's idea is to incorporate it into a robot project to help it go into a straight line. Check out his video demo:
Nice work, Michael!