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Guilherme created what may be the most inexpensive iteration of Arduino yet –

This is a 100% functional version of the Arduino. We eliminate the PCB and use paper and cardboard as support and the result is.. the PAPERduino :D

This is the the first version of the layout design, next we will try more designs, and another materials. You just need to print the top and the bottom layout, and glue them to any kind of support you want. We hope that you start making your own boards. If you do, please share your photos with us, we would love to see them ;)

Very cool – a wooden Arduino would be quite awesome as well! Check out Guilherme’s site for the printable design and parts list.

16 thoughts on “Paperduino

  1. Sam says:

    This is very cool. I like. But, is this possibly a rip off of the oomlout breadboard with paper tops? Maybe not, but it might be a concern if this is being sold as a kit.

    Hopefully this is not a bristle bots situation.

  2. mecsim says:

    The oomlout breadboard is intended for laying over a traditional breadboard. This is more like a hybrid of a wire wrap kit only without the nice IC adapter posts and wire wrap tools.

  3. Jason says:

    Isn’t there a significant risk of a fire hazard when using powered electronics and paper together?

    1. Sam says:

      I’m not sure, but if it was an issue, it might have presented itself with the sew-able circuits that are all over the place.

      The greatest risk is probably with the power regulator- but they don’t get THAT hot. I probably wouldn’t leave one on indefinitely though. I think its more suited to learning and experimenting than for long term use.

  4. thunderhammer says:

    I find it amusing that someone is concerned that this is a rip-off of the oomlout breadboard arduino, but not that it’s a rip off of the arduino originators. Or that the arduino people ripped off the basic stamp. Please, millions – literally, millions! – of people have these ideas, they’re not even close to original, you can’t rip them off. The people who are really cool are the ones we call Makers, the ones who actually do something with these ideas. When oomlout came out with their bread board thing, probably 1,000 people said to themselves (and I’m among them), Hey! I had that idea! I just never did anything with it because I don’t have a webstore, and I do have a day job. Would I be ripping them off if I did something with it now?

    Nobody’s ripping anybody off. We need to expel this concept from our community.

    1. Anonymous says:

      Dude, I was just going to post that same thing, you totally ripped me off.

    2. Sam says:

      I guess I should have more clear as to what I meant. I agree that almost everything we make is inspired by other people’s work, but I also think that credit should be given where credit is due. (I’m not necessarily saying it is due here, I was just wondering what other people thought.)

      Otherwise, makers that have put their all into making a product end up getting hurt.

      So, as everything on the oomlout blog is
      “Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported” it would be necessary to give credit. (If it was indeed an inspiration).

      And, yes some people are being copied without credit- as in the case of the bristle bots, and its not particularly in the spirit of make.

      Glad to be amusing!

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