The SwitchPad is my first PCB design, intended to make life easier for me and other LaunchPad users. The LaunchPad is great, but its male headers make it difficult to interface with a breadboard. As Larissa Swanland of TI explains here, this is a pain for many users.
One solution she suggested was to combine two female headers together to make a gender changer. I pushed together two headers, but there was a sizable gap remaining between them. Another pair refused to combine. I concluded that it would work as a temporary hack, but I wanted a more solid solution.
So I laid out some goals for the SwitchPad:
The development and prototype are best told in pictures:
Cool things about the SwitchPad
If you have any questions, please contact me at (analog10 AT analog10.com). The SwitchPad will be available for sale next week. The comments system should be up too.