Arduino is still blowing up and taking over the world. Soon they will be everywhere and in everything. Better start learning to use them now or risk being laughed at by everyone you know. <<< See that, that is called fear marketing.
Just a quick overview of a nifty little kit from Seeed Studio. For a great price you can be up and running quickly with the Electronic Brick Starter Kit. The kit comes with a handful of sensors, output devices, and breakout board. Great for getting started fast and avoiding the breadboard.