This board is the heart of the SHE BON project. It's nothing horrifically fancy - however I've designed it to serve the specific functions of the project.
It is equipped with an ATMega 1280 (like the Arduino MEGA)- and is broken out to 9 molex connectors along its edge, which are meant to serve power and data to multiple subsystems.
It has been designed to mount inside of something- and in this case for the SHE BON project- I've mounted it inside of a backpack wearable, with the MOLEX connectors terminating at the backpack's edges at RJ45 connectors.
ASSEMBLING YOUR OWN PULSE BOARD
If you'd like to save yourself some trouble, you can buy this board directly from me on Tindie. However, the layout is open source, so if you feel so inclined, you may have your own fabricated.
THE NEXT REVISION OF THE PULSE
I mentioned above that this board serves much the same use as an Arduino MEGA (its io pins are just distributed all fancy like).
While this board will get you started, whether you're a beginner or vetted hacker, there are some improvements I'm making to the next iteration of the PULSE that will give it some vital functionality for the scope of the project.
Rev. 2 of the PULSE will include:
- an SD card reader for logging data
- a small eINK display for status indication
- possibly different connectors along the edge
If you personally have an suggestions on how I could improve this board for its intended use, please let me know! I'm admittedly more of a mechanical person than an electronics buff, so it's likely I don't know what possible! :)