Ladyada (Adafruit Industries – Makers, hackers, artists, designers and engineers!) linked to this blog http://lillicat-kingdom.com/blog/archives/200911/23-180055.php which featured this photo of a "skeleton" arduino
I absolutely love the aesthetics.
Not sure how they are dealing with comms though - doesn't seem to be any on board USB-TTL conver, but there does seem to be a USB type B plug. They might be running the AVRUSB firmware which allows the AVR to directly talk with the computers USB port, but doesn't allow you to use the arduino Serial library totalk over the USB port.
I'm planning on making my own, maybe based on the discreet serial version (i.e. using transistors and capacitors instead of a dedicated 232 chip)
AWESOME! That's amazing looking, but man you better not accidentally short two wires together ;). Other than that, it's pretty darn cool. It looks like those wires are not insulated, but they probably should be for safety's sake :P.
I might just have to make one of these myself (probably using the single sided Serial version available on the arduino website as a guide) :D!
suddently PCB trace routing in 3D becomes possible
You could also use really really long wires instead of resistors...and the switch seems redundant in this, just connect the proper wires...and you could build your own capacitors as well:
who would tackle making the processor more tangible and physical
This is a technique I used to use way back in the 70s. The circuits were wired together with tinned copper roughly in the shape of the schematic. One day one of my students had a circuit that didn't quite work, all the voltages checked out but were on the low side.
Then we found out instead of using tinned copper he had used solder! :o
How he managed to attach resistors and capacitors to strands of solder without melting everything I will never know but it was taking art to another level of skill coupled with stupidity.
I think you are making these things up Mike
This looks like a wire-wrap job, but without the wrap part.
Very cool. It would be neat to pot it into some clear epoxy or something to make it as durable as it is cool looking.
Not as if it is not pretty enpugh, but am i the only one here who thinks it misses some sort of.. hm.. fabric between the wires? Like a PCB thick acryl glass or something, or to fit more the 'skeleton' image: some yellow-orange like acryl that gives the impression of amber..
The circuits were wired together with tinned copper roughly in the shape of the schematic.
I still do this for those projects where they just provide you a image for you to etch a pcb
I hate etching pcb's so ill take bus wire (and thank GOD radio shack started selling it again) and usually lay it out on a perfboard smd style, but there's been a few times doing it "air core" like this
Glad to know I am not some weirdo (well, in this respect anyway)
bus wire (and thank GOD radio shack started selling it again)
Link? Can't find it on RS.com...