A project log for SHE BON

! a platform for sensing and indicating human arousal !

Sarah PetkusSarah Petkus 10/21/2018 at 20:593 Comments

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.


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 bill of materials can be found on my SHE BON gitHub, as well on the project page here on


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:

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! :)


zakqwy wrote 10/22/2018 at 12:55 point

i love the curvy traces!!! beautiful PCB!

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AVR wrote 10/22/2018 at 20:44 point

I 2nd that!! Curious how she did them too. 

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Jan wrote 10/23/2018 at 16:50 point

Eagle 7.7.0 :)

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