Say goodbye to that rat's nest of breadboard wires. The BreadBox keeps your Arduino, Raspberry Pi experiments safe and solid. You can focus on your software, not on loose connections. You can even take your project to a local meet-up.
The BreadBox is an experimenter's kit made to hold your gear together so you can travel with it. No more having to figure out what came loose - the stuff that drives software folks crazy. This kit is designed to help a software person - like me - play with the analog world.
See a short video of the BreadBox in action!
UPDATE: It was fun while it lasted, but Jameco has discontinued their kit pgrogram. You can still read about it on their website Jameco Electronics. It was even featured in their newsletter!Why? - I used to experiment with my Arduino using a typical bread board. Stick some wires into these holes, stick some other wires into those holes and viola, my experiment was under way. I'd write some software, put my setup on the shelf and go to bed. The next day I'd pull it down, run the software and something wouldn't work. Huh? Yep, one of those wires came loose. Find it, fix it, back in business... until I brushed the setup with my arm while reaching for a soda and something else came loose. What? Where? It drove me mad. And forget about taking my setup to a friend's house - no way it would travel. At one point I even pointed a web cam at my setup so I could show it to friends. It was all crazy. There had to be a better way for me, a software guy, to play with this new hardware. Out of my frustration the BreadBox was born.
How? - Buy the BreadBox kit from Shrimpware LLC. The instructions are available on this web site and I think they're pretty good. You'll have to be able to do some rough soldering. I also provide some simple Arduino software you can use to get started. The software is not spectacular, just a place for you to start.
Any catch? - To be very clear, the BreadBox does *not* come with any computer. You have to supply your own Arduino, or, Raspberry Pi, or whatever. I think it works best with an Arduino shield that gives you convenient places to plug in your cables. I've used it with both a Raspberry Pi Model B / Arduino Alamode combination and with a Arduino Yun / Sainsmart Sensor Shield (An Uno and Duemilanove also work. With other Arduino boards you might have to drill your own mounting holes in the BreadBox base - not hard to do!)
Documentation - See the latest documentation for assembly instructions and base software.
Projects - As I play with my own BreadBox I'll put projects on this web site with sample code to help you get started.
Here's a picture of the assembled BreadBox in The Logo Box. Close the lid and it is all nice and neat to travel. See how that USB cable can just sit in there?
This shows the BreadBox in The Logo Box with the top open. Nice!
BreadBox inside and safe to go. I've use spray paint to customize some of my own Logo Boxes.
The kits were made of cabinet grade Baltic birch plywood and precision cut by laser. The process leaves some resinous residue on the wood. Most of the residue will come off with a light rub from a damp cloth. You can also lightly sand the pieces with 320 grit sandpaper, spray paint the pieces to customize your kit, or leave it as-is. I find that the bare wood with slight resin marks gives the whole thing a nice steam punk kind of feel.
The only way to get a box now is to make it yourself. If you don't have a laser cutter, Google for "makerspace near me" and you will find a place that can help you make this. Contact me by email and I will send you the files to cut one yourself. firstname.lastname@example.org
There were three kits that all work together: the BreadBox, the GPIO LED board, The Logo Box.
I really enjoy learning new things and sharing them with others. I have a few pages on my web site with the things I've learned about the Raspberry Pi and Arduino, I hope these links help you out.
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