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We saw these -- they look to be very nicely made -- also the fact that they use 0.15" pitch screwblock connectors helps reduce the price (we used 0.1").
The big difference is that each screwblock pin is hardwired to its associated header pin, which makes it a pain if you want to intert components between them (which is typically the purpose of a prototyping board) -- on our boards, each header pin and its associated screwblock pin go to two pads in the prototyping area -- if you want to connected them together you can do so with a jumper -- otherwise you can break them both out into the main prototyping area.
I'm looking forward to seeing you at EE Live! I'll be bringing one of our proto-shields to show at one of our Gadget Freak Smackdowns -- and I'm very much loooking forward to seeing your Applause-o-Meter project there also.
Thank you -- it was created by a friend of ours -- Denis (French spelling) Crowder -- who specializes in creating mobile friendly sites (see CroDesign.com) -- you can see what happens when you shrink the size of your browser window -- the various areas on the page sdynamically reorganize themselves -- the bottom line is that this site looks good and -- more importantly -- remains useful in a browser or on a tablet or on a smartphone.
The big thing for me is the dual-through-hole pad system we're using. If you visit our Kickstarter page and scroll down, you'll see a Visio drawing showing what I mean. The few existing screw-block proto-shields out there have each screw-block terminal hard-wired to its corresponding header pin and to a pad in the prototyping area. Personally, the only advantage I see is that you can screw the wires in -- I don;t see how you can use the proto-typing area.
By comparison, in our case, the screw-block terminal and its associated header pin are both wired to individual pads inside the prorotyping area. If you want to link them, just inster a jumoer between these two pads - -otherwise you can add components in the prototyping area that are instered between the screw-block terminal and it's header pin.
We are too. This all started out with my Inamorata Prognostication Engine project -- I'm doing a lot of prototyping, and none of the existing proto-shields did what I wanted them to. This board -- designed by Duane with the odd unhelpful suggestion by yours truly -- is perfect for the task.
I'm already a "happy camper" because I have one of the first prototypes of our proto-shield, irrespectuive of whether the Kickstarter succeeds or fails to reach its goal. On the other hand ... we've put so much effort into this during the evenings and weekends that we would really like it to succeed.
Check out the "How to Assemble" documentation available for free download from the www.MDGalactic.com website we created just for this project. I personally think this is of an extremely high caliber (well, I would, wouldn't I? LOL)
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