[kwlug-disc] OT: Arduino shields

Johnny Ferguson hyperflexed at gmail.com
Sat Jul 24 05:17:30 EDT 2010

On 07/23/2010 09:55 PM, John Johnson wrote:
> Today 2010-07-23, Johnny Ferguson  wrote:
>> I think I'm going to have to work on an IDE shield for my Arduino.
>> Would save me from having to completely dismantle experiments each
>> time I move on to the next one. Just put the projects on protoboard
>> with an IDE header, plug and play.
> A few months ago I showed some people at KWARTZLAB a wire-wrap technique
> for constructing a "shield" using a protoboard.
> The wirewrap technique - as well as other construction techniques - is
> described in a very good paper available on Peter Hiscocks' website:
> http://www.syscompdesign.com

Could you point to the specific document. I looked through the whole 
site and didn't find anything relating to arduino and wire wrap. (edit: 
I realize now you meant his article only covers wirewrapping, not 
arduino specifics)

I've tried wire wrapping before, but it's fairly tedious. Also, if I 
were to use a wire-wrap shield, I'd still have to refer to schematics 
and make each connection manually. With male IDE headers (I believe they 
have the notch) I'd be able to do it in my sleep.

I do see how it would be handy if you were unsure of the results you're 
achieving, but if I were to ever hook something up to an IDE shield, 
it'd be something I know already works (like my LED cube). Although, in 
the case of the cube, I may as well just give it a dedicated uC.

- Johnny

> On Fri, 16 Jul 2010 Richard Weait, in response to a Q on oscilloscopes,
> described Peter Hiscocks as a "friend of the LUG".
> Thanks, Richard for the link to Peter's website. I was one of Peter's
> students at RyeHigh back in the day.
> Thanks
> John Johnson
> PS: Yes, I know this note is better suited for KWARTZLAB. (Hence the
> "OT".) I have bcc-ed this email to KWARTZLAB.
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