I want to post the following question.
How does the TI Evalbot pcb-on-wheels avoid damage from ESD?
If you haven't heard, TI is running a $125 discount on their Stellaris-based Evalbot. And it's normally $150. For $25 (no shipping for me at least), you get an ARM-CortexM3 based robotics platform with a lot of advanced features. If you didn't read the Hackaday article, use the coupon code 2JLP-R4XRT3 at TI's overloaded web store to order it on the cheap.
It looks like this. As you can see from the image and from the frame at 2:01 in this video, the wheels and bump sensors are made out of PCB, and connected directly to the circuit board. Driving this thing across the linoleum spells ESD disaster to me.
Someone recommended dragging a wire (Like a gas or ambulance's static chain) connected to the ground plane underneath the robot to dissipate static buildup. Is this necessary?
I'll admit that a bit of my desire to post this question is due to a wish to make sure the community doesn't miss this deal and to cultivate future support/interest in the product. I have legitimate questions about the ESD dissipation of the pcb-on-wheels design, load capabilities, potential docking methods, etc, but a component of the question is to publish some news. How can I do this better?