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This is awesome. However, it looks like this is just a breakout board. So you are still connecting stuff directly to the broadcom ARM chip. Which means it would be pretty easy to damage it.

"GPIO voltage levels are 3.3 V and are not 5 V tolerant. There is no over-voltage protection on the board - the intention is that people interested in serious interfacing will use an external board with buffers, level conversion and analog I/O rather than soldering directly onto the main board." http://elinux.org/RPi_Low-level_peripherals




Opto couplers will readily isolate your Raspberry Pi up to 5KV without too much trouble.

Analog:

http://uk.rs-online.com/mobile/p/optocoupler/2815422/

Digital:

http://uk.rs-online.com/mobile/p/optocoupler/7085364/

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Indeed it is just a breakout board. It's really just to make it more convenient to connect peripherals. I've found for simple things like LEDs, buttons and some I2C components you can get away without additional protection.

I should probably add a little guide explaining what you can do (and more importantly what you shouldn't do). Thanks for bringing this up.

While I'm plugging... It has a big brother in the works over at http://quick2wire.com/ which is pimped out with a regulator, level shifters and protection diodes. This means to address the issues you raise to make it easier to tinker and reduce the chance of damage.

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Thanks Joe. If you would sell them assembled I am sure folks like me would buy them :)

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