Simplifying Circuits - The Intelligent Breadboard

Learning Electrical Engineering is incredibly valuable - even if you don't end up designing processors for Intel, Electrical Engineering gives you the tools to understand and control your own world. Power go out in a room? You'd know that you probably blew a fuse from drawing too much current. Lighting in your bathroom too dim? You'd be able to install your own lighting circuit, skipping on paying contractors hundreds or thousands of dollars.

A non-intelligent breadboard, courtesy of weebly.com

A non-intelligent breadboard, courtesy of weebly.com

But, there's a problem. Electrical Engineering is really hard to learn, especially if you aren't currently in college. 

That's where we as inventors come in, saving the day by creating products that make it easier to understand the theories and practices of working with electronics. 

Specifically, today's idea centers around designing circuits on a breadboard. This tends to be a very labor intensive process: when something doesn't work as expected, you have to go around and probe every point until you find the bug. But what if circuit design was more like coding, where every point was constantly monitored? What if your breadboard was hooked up to a computer screen, showing you what's happening at every point. You could even incorporate intelligent alerts and fallbacks, so that if an anomaly is detected, it shuts the circuit off before you fry a valuable component.

Not only would this make the entire process easier and faster for those new to Electrical Engineering, it would also save circuit designers money by preventing accidental part damage.

This is certainly not the easiest project we've suggested on this blog - but, that just means that it'll be harder for other people to duplicate it if you do succeed! 

We've been thinking through how this would work a fair bit, so if you're interested, feel free to comment or contact us and we'll be happy to share more detailed thoughts with you