I would like some tips and advice for my Arduino project;http://blog.cornbeast.com/post/15506029391/step-brother-16-nearing-completion
I have made a working prototype and now I'm thinking about taking the next step, which would be to produce a DIY kit, which I want to be as low cost as possible.
As you see the amount of cables for all the buttons is totally horrible, so I need to make a custom PCB to mount the components.
So I've been looking at different options for this, like Express PCB. So far not much of a deal...
The buttons and LEDS will be mounted on my custom PCB which is mounted to the front panel. This is nice because then the enclosure can be pretty much anything, so I would prefer not to have to mount the arduino board somewhere else in the enclosure.
So, I'm thinking, can I make a PCB where I mount for example an Arduino Nano? Is that a good idea? Or are there better solutions? I think it can be nice to have the USB port so that the users can upgrade the software...
Also I use the centipede shield, to get more ins and outs, but that seems simple to just place a few MCP23017 microchips on my custom PCB to accomplish the same thing.
Hope anyone can give me some tips
Thanks in advance