Developing a development system . . . Part 2: Innovation ?

Innovation or the product of when you innovate is really the exciting part of your day, if you have the time. But time is the problem. How many times on a Sunday afternoon just when you think that you have that hour or perhaps more, then there is a polite tap in the window. You best friend, his wife and kids decided to pop by. Hmm, please tell the Mrs to disable the GEO tag on the photos we took of the new house, and ban face book. They know where to find us :( .

Anyway, once you are back at your desk – your friendship still in tact … or maybe not. The sun is going down and the next work day is looming. You need something quick and extensible to get your idea working. Yes, you can use shields or proto – shields but you have this perfect good bread board you bought at the local electronics store or off Amazon (IP rights respected by the honourable mention),

So if you need more context, perhaps have a look at the previous article: Developing a development system . . . Part 1, the inspiration . The photo ops below are worth a few paragraphs.

Salvo Finis Proto

Salvo Finis Proto

Just some points to note:

  • The PCBs operational components are all self contained
  • IE Power supply, crystal headers
  • Power supply is reverse polarity protected
  • PCB supply is 5VDC, courtesy of a trusty 7805
  • ICSP Header included

Once the PCB powers up, the LED illuminates. You have to have an LED there is no other way to start prototyping your code, unless the LED is fully illuminated.

Salvo Combo

Salvo Combo

Personally, I think it’s really neat and its simple. Once you have assembled the PCB it clips neatly onto your bread board and away you go. The only work you have to do, is actually connecting the PCB to the bits that you need, which is what you installed on the bread board.

Innovation: Well the idea is novel . . . and its a great way to expedite the countless number of proto boards that need something soldered in.

Deploy, yeah! Lets do that . . .,  but first . . .