the more I think about it, the more I like this shifted male header: Originally it was just a way to make a cheap protoShield. But if these can be made in decent quantities (I'm looking at making something that does,) it may provide a clean upgrade path for the arduino pin spacing problem.
it would let the current arduino mate with shields that are standard spaced, and let old shields mate with new arduinos that are standard spaced. Shield makers could move to the new spacing without fear of being incompatible with the 60k+ Arduinos out there. Consumers could get a standard spaced 'duino and not worry that there's no shields for it.
am I being dumb here? what am I missing