I keep looking for ways to make it easier to try out stuff – since that’s what I tend to do a lot, here at Jee Labs.
Here’s a trial with a graphics LCD I was mucking about with recently:
I don’t like it. Even if the JeeNode’s pins were facing down into the solderless breadboard, it eats up a lot of real-estate, while only a few pins are actually used. Part of the reason is that the ports have a lot of duplicated power pins (that’s the whole point when you use them independently).
I’d much rather use the JeeNode as follows:
Then you develop, upload, and test things while tethered. And when it’s ready to use elsewhere, just replace the BUB with an AA Power Board:
Now I’m wondering if it wouldn’t be useful to create a little “breadboard interface panel”, like this:
The panel would re-route all pins to the pins along the top row of the breadboard, as well as hook up to the two power rails along the top.
The top of the panel could have extensive labeling for reference. Even some port headers to hook up plugs, if I can figure out which orientation might work best. No components, it’d just be a little back, eh, I mean, front-plane.