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A jumperless breadboard

breadWare is a prototyping tool where jumper connections can be made by sending commands from a computer instead of placing physical wires.

The onboard ATmega4809 can also read and write any analog (±9V) voltage to anywhere on the breadboard.

That means with the right desktop app, you could prototype the circuits with someone else over the internet as if your boards were physically right next to each other. Or save a circuit on your computer and load it up later by just placing the components again. Or a million other things I haven’t thought of yet.

You also can connect 5 of the GPIO pins so you basically have an Arduino Nano Every hidden inside a breadboard.

The connections are fully analog (internally a CMOS switch) and can handle ±9V (up to ±12V if you raised the supply voltages), with an on resistance of ~75Ω.

Message me if you’d like to help out with any part to development and I can send you a board to play with.

My reason for doing this whole writeup and putting this out there is to hopefully find some fellow hackers who are equally stoked on breadWare and want to help make it into something where people will wonder how the hell they built anything before it existed (probably not Arduino levels of disruption, but when I need to use a Bus Pirate, I can’t even imagine the horrible dystopian hellscape the world would be without it.) At least for me, placing jumpers messes up my flow, because there’s always that angel on one shoulder telling me to be methodical: cut my jumpers to the right length, make nice 90° bends, use colors consistently, while the demon on the other shoulder says to just get the damn thing working now and let future me deal with the mess. The demon always wins, so I’d really like the angel to shut up, it’s distracting. So offloading that internal debate to a computer seems like a good idea [disclaimer: do not run this on a HAL 9000 computer, I hear cognitive dissonance like this can cause undefined behavior]”

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