Topic: Making a significantly longer chumbilical cord
I just got my Chumby Guts assembled, and I absolutely love it! There is one thing, though - I'm thinking about options for embedding most or all of it in my IKEA lack coffee table.
My first thought was to just embed the whole thing in the table, but I realized that I would lose the accelerometer functionality, and I would have to sit in the same location on my couch if I wanted to use the chumby. Instead, I think it would be better to embed part of it in the table. The easiest way to go about this would be to create a longer chumbilical cord and make a small enclosure for the motherboard/wifi riser/lcd screen unit.
There are two things I'm not too clear about, so I figured I would ask around:
1) How much interference will a 3-foot (or so) cord create? Should I plan on getting some copper-braided shield to cut that down?
2) For the same 3-foot cable, will I have to worry about the internal resistance in the wires?
I know that some people have created slightly longer chumbilical cords, but I'd really like this to know if a 3-5 foot cable would be feasible.