I can’t be the only person who wants my little microcontrollers scattered around the house to be in cases. The problem then comes when have to rig up supports and cut holes for power cables. Most small microcontroller boards would happily be almost entirely supported by their MicroSD slot.
A product I would buy a bunch of would be a combo microSD plug and socket, with a small flare that could be used to make a decent seal in the side of a case, so the plug points into the case, allowing a microcontroller card to be plugged into it, and the socket sat outside, allowing easy connection and disconnection of a USB cable for power/programming.
Interesting product idea @Politas like a male-female micro USB adapter with mounting flange.
My concern would be mechanical stress on the connector from a rigid cantilever support.
We’ll see what we can dig up! What do you think, @Liam ?
Super cool idea!! Making your projects look nice while keeping deployment quick can definitely be an issue when closing out a project.
The panel mount cables have been great for many Makers projects so I’ll take a look into making them more affordable!
Michael raises a great point Re: mechanical stress, while the connectors would be fine for very static mounts any vibration would start to cause cracks in the solder joint (for both the mechanical and electrical pads on the microcontroller).
Addressing some of your frustrations with power and re-programming boards I’d check out Jim’s and Ben’s projects where they used waterproof enclosures with some exterior connections.