CurveBoards: Integrating Breadboards into Physical Objects @MIT_CSAIL

CurveBoards are breadboards integrated into physical objects. In contrast to traditional breadboards, CurveBoards better preserve the object’s look and feel while maintaining high circuit fluidity, which enables designers to exchange and reposition components during design iteration.

Breadboards are widely used in early-stage circuit prototyping since they enable users to rapidly try out different components and to change the connections between them.

While breadboards offer great support for circuit construction, they are difficult to use when circuits have to be tested on a physical prototype. Since breadboards are box-like shapes, they distort the look and feel of the prototype when attached onto it and can interfere with user interaction during testing. In addition, they limit where electronic components can be placed on the prototype since the area for circuit construction is limited to the size of the breadboard.

We present a new electronic prototyping technique called CurveBoard that embeds the structure of a breadboard into the surface of a physical prototype (Figure 1). In contrast to traditional breadboards, CurveBoards better preserve the object’s look and feel while maintaining high circuit fluidity, which enables designers to exchange and reposition components during design iteration.

See the video below and the excellent article here.


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1 Comment

  1. John W. F. Mcclain

    Wow, really cool. I could see using this for even flat proto boards…e.g. a customized board that better fits a Feather or an ItsyBitsy. Depending on how hard the conductive silicone is to make / work with I could see this being much accessible than PC board design / fabrication.

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