The Cyntech GPIO paddle board is a new type of breakout board for the Raspberry Pi.
It’s nice and small (about half the size of the Pi) elegantly simple, and I like the connectors. To connect a wire, you hold down the orange tab, push your wire into the hole and release the tab. The wire is gripped by a spring-loaded contact.
It comes with a very nice “rainbow” ribbon cable, which is much more cheerful to look at than a grey one and it’s a decent 20cm length as well. You don’t always want the rest of your circuitry right next to the Pi. :)
Where can I get one?
You can get them from Maplin, CPC and Cyntech for a very reasonable £5.99 delivered. I’ve also seen them on Amazon (US site) as well.
I would suggest a sticker so that the port labels and/or alternative port labels can be placed right next to the wire holes. This would make it even harder to stick a wire in the wrong hole.
This is something you can easily add yourself, although I haven’t yet done so.
I like it and think it makes a useful addition to the range of breakout boards available for the Raspberry Pi. I haven’t used mine yet, but will report back when I do. :)
Have a look at this short video walkround (<4 min) and see what you make of it.
Cyntech and Pimoroni have also produced a GPIO Cheat sheet with information about the Raspberry Pi GPIO ports.