I see a lot of questions dealing with going from prototype to production but I've got a more modest problem. I am building a couple of home automation devices for myself. I am able to build a table-top Arduino-based prototype using breadboard but I cannot find a good resource that would help me taking it from "table-top" to "usable" even if it means usable by myself. To give you an idea what I mean, here are the typical issues I am facing:
- "Right" way to connect things without breadboard. Arduino board has special headers for it, so what kind of plug does one use to outfit wires with in order to connect into them (short of sacrificing the test wires I have)? Should I just solder things together or should I use a small PCB (we are talking about a couple sensors and one or two resistors)
- "Right" way to outfit a long wire between Arduino and a sensor. Ideally, I would like to have a small 3-wire jack with female side connected to Arduino using short wires and male side at one end of a long cable which will have a sensor on the other end. Of course I can just solder things together but I wonder if there is a better way to do it.
And things like this - basically going from table-top design to a neat box one can use at home without naked wires sticking outside and ugly mess of stuff soldered together inside. :-)
Any tips would be highly appreciated.