Friday, November 2, 2012

Inverted Exoskeleton

Turn your machine skin inside out!!!

This documents the new invention of the Inverted Exoskeleton. Prior to this, the Big Brain employed two styles of machine hardware design, a stacked tower of boards and the Exo or Exoskeleton.

The EXO is positive in nature, and has boards or component skin on the peripheral outside where wiring takes place.

The Tower has boards stacked one of top of another. This approach is expanding linear. Wiring takes place on the top of each board.

The Big Brain Project has invented the Negative Inverted Exoskeleton. The NIE has wiring and components inside the EXO configuration. It's the same as turning an Exoskeleton skin inside out.

The NIE is a revelation in Big Braining technology. For the first time, the inverted electronic skin will protect components using the outside, or previous underside, of the board.

The board also acts as its own support, connect together at the edges with simple low cost hardware. The config is idea for more rough handling, mobility, transport and even going into space. With inertial rocket effects on the NIE payload, the wires will press against the boards which act as a supporting bed in specific conditions and orientations.

The NIE places components on the inside, making better use of space and footprint. The ideal NIE config places the solderless breadboard at the opening side for easy wiring access. One challenge faced by the deployment of the NIE is the serial or USB connector orientations and resultant cabling positioning. 90-degree internalized mounting of boards restrict access to connectors which were mounted along board edges.

A new QuadLyzer is being examined with the possibility of a new Negative Inverted Exoskeleton design. However, Parallax has a universal design of placing the connector at the board's edge. This is blocked with the NIE design. One option is a turn-out board design which increases design complexity. For now, the best design for the QuadLyzer is a positive Exoskeleton to maintain easy access to cabling and serial connectors.