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Arduino Shields

Shields allow you to extend the Arduino capabilities by providing easy-to-plug peripherals such as sensors, displays, motor controllers, etc.

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  • XBee Shield for Arduino
    Easily add XBee functionality to Arduinos
    Review by David
    I didn't realize how useful XBee radios were until I bought an Arduino Fio which has the XBee holder built-in. This XBee Shield is a great way to add the same functionality to other Arduinos,,, I've used it successfuly with the Uno and Bluno. I own several different products from this manufacturer (IteadStudio) and am satisfied with their quality.
    (Posted on 9/3/14)
  • Adafruit RGB LCD Keypad Shield Kit for Arduino (I2C)
    Great RGB LCD shield ...
    Review by Claude
    Soldered up the kit in about 30 minutes, plugged it into an Arduino Uno and it functions well. Display is nice and bright except for blue which is readable but dim in a bright room. The other back panel colour choices were quite bright. On-board buttons are totally debounced and multiple presses are all set via I2C, amazingly simple to use. All this and only power (+/-) and two analog lines are used (I2C). Other I2C devices and sensors can be attached via the same two I2C lines.

    One con: Wish they would include some nylon stand-offs for the lose end of the LCD display, holes are there for the stand-off so why not include them, stand-off would make the shield more durable.

    Wish list: Provide a way of controlling the brightness of each of the RGB LEDs via I2C, currently the light levels are fixed, Full on or off.

    Claude
    (Posted on 9/1/14)
  • Terminal Shield for Arduino
    Good overall
    Review by Simon
    Great for cable organization for a final project without a breadboard. Only thing is that it hide the arduino board so you don't see the test LED and some of the pins. I saw terminal like this that comes in two piece wich would have been better in my opinion.
    (Posted on 8/22/14)
  • DFRobot LCD Keypad Shield for Arduino
    super easy to use, no soldering, bright, great value
    Review by borgchick
    Having this on a Arduino shield makes it so easy to use. Simply put it on your Arduino, and you are ready to use it!

    For example, open the LiquidCrystal HelloWorld example code, change the initial call to liquidcrystal to this:

    LiquidCrystal lcd(8, 9, 4, 5, 6, 7);

    That's it! Compile and upload, and you are up and running.

    See the documentation here for things like reading the keypad (which also is incredibly simple to use):

    http://www.dfrobot.com/wiki/index.php?title=Arduino_LCD_KeyPad_Shield_(SKU:_DFR0009)
    (Posted on 8/21/14)
  • DFRobot LCD Keypad Shield for Arduino
    super easy to use, no soldering, bright, great value
    Review by borgchick
    Having this on a Arduino shield makes it so easy to use. Simply put it on your Arduino, and you are ready to use it!

    For example, open the LiquidCrystal HelloWorld example code, change the initial call to liquidcrystal to this:

    LiquidCrystal lcd(8, 9, 4, 5, 6, 7);

    That's it! Compile and upload, and you are up and running.

    See the documentation here for things like reading the keypad (which also is incredibly simple to use):

    http://www.dfrobot.com/wiki/index.php?title=Arduino_LCD_KeyPad_Shield_(SKU:_DFR0009)
    (Posted on 8/21/14)
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Guide to the Power Supply Options for Lynxmotion Controllers

Posted on September 12, 2013

By Jeffrey Arcand & filled under Electronics.

The Lynxmotion BotBoarduino, Bot Board II, and SSC-32 are known as great controllers, but some people get confused about VL, VS, and their different configurations. Well, here it is: the definitive Guide to the Power Supply Options for the Lynxmotion Controllers! Before going into the specifics of the controllers, let’s first cover some background information. [...]
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Meet the DFRobotShop Omni Rover

Posted on August 14, 2012

By Coleman Benson & filled under Robotics Projects & Kits.

Most three and four wheel drive omnidirectional robots cost $500 and up and are usually intended for the research rather than the hobbyist market. For those who have the knowledge to design and build their own omniwheel driven robot, matching all the parts can be a daunting task: finding the right motors, sourcing the wheels, [...]
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Arduino Microcontroller Feature Comparison

Posted on May 14, 2012

By Coleman Benson & filled under Industry.

Arduino is fast becoming one of the most popular microcontrollers used in robotics.There are many different types of Arduino microcontrollers which differ not only in design and features, but also in size and processing capabilities. In this article, you’ll understand the differences between the Arduino Microcontrollers (as of 2012). There are many features that are [...]
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Arduino 5 Minute Tutorials: Lesson 1 – Software

Posted on April 11, 2012

By Coleman Benson & filled under Arduino, Schools & Curriculum, Software and Apps, Tutorials.

Lessons Menu: Lesson 1 – Software Downloading / Installing & Interface Lesson 2 – Basic Code Lesson 3 – Sensors: Potentiometers Lesson 4 – Sensor: Infrared Distance Lesson 5 – Actuator: Servo Motor Lesson 6 – Sensor: Force, Bend, Stretch Lesson 7 – Sensor: Accelerometer, Gyro, IMU Lesson 1 Hardware: Computer / Laptop or Netbook [...]
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Arduino Robotics Projects

Posted on January 19, 2012

By Coleman Benson & filled under Arduino, Robotics Projects & Kits.

About Arduino Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It’s intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments. Arduino can sense the environment by receiving input from a variety of sensors and can affect its surroundings by controlling lights, motors, and other [...]
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... the arc32 quite strong but apparently many of us currently switch to arduino. I do not want to build on a "worn-out" board. And I'll ... suggestions for boards? I like the idea to have the possibility to add shields to my bot. Many thanks in advance
2014-07-30 08:01 by vern_da_coda
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... then don't need to populate those components. If I am not going to use Arduino shields, maybe I don't need to populate those connectors. If I only need a limited number of ...
2014-07-13 19:11 by kurte
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... the board. The normal DFRobotShop Rover PCB can be used as a standard Arduino Uno, which ensures that whatever shields you add will be compatible. See if you can get it up and running like that with some ...
2014-07-11 12:55 by CBenson
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... on W.A.L.T.E.R. left working now. :( Here, you can see my collection of Arduino shields. I'll also have an Adafruit Motor Shield V2 next week, along with an Arduino Due, a ...
2014-07-09 18:46 by linuxguy
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... whichever connectors you want(3 wire, connectors, power connector, arduino headers), 5V voltage regulator with needed capacitors (C20, C16), ... VR instead of using the 3.3v from Teensy is if you have some IO pins or shields that use more than the teensy supplies. Note: for things like XBee ...
2014-07-07 18:37 by kurte
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... is based on a Basic Stamp, which doesn't work the same way as an Arduino. If you are looking a good Arduino-based robot kit, we would recommend ... software. The rover is also shield compatible, so you can add all the shields, sensors, and actuators that you can normally add, except those that ...
2014-07-04 12:11 by jarcand
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... got a response from iTead Studio explaining the +5V/+3.3V switch. It is a power select switch and should be used in the 3.3V position unless your Arduino board does not have 5V­. They are modifying the board so that the next batch is only 3.3V, since most/all recent boards have the 3.3V and using ...
2014-06-12 14:22 by jarcand
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I've been successful at getting SD shields to run with external power by supplying that power through the USB connector on the Botboarduino. I've attached a picture of my setup. I put an Arduino prototyping shield on top of the SD shield, and I put an L7805CV linear voltage ...
2014-06-10 08:31 by tedkurtz
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... the BotBoarduino in more detail and noticed that the 3.3V pin for the Arduino power header is powered by a regulator in the FTDI chip. Since the ... 2.8V (no load). This might be causing some of the problems for the SD shields. I've found two work arounds for powering the FTDI chip with EXT ...
2014-06-09 13:04 by jarcand
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... think I've made a breakthrough on this problem. I have found that my SD shields work OK if I plug a USB cable into the USB plug with the USB/EXT ... OK with external power. For testing this I used the 5v output from an Arduino or the 5v output from another Botboarduino. For my robot I plan to ...
2014-06-03 14:38 by tedkurtz
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... back, I will give you my take. I have not done much with SD cards on Arduinos. My first time I started to play some with them is with the Teensy ... not have a simple SDCard shield, but instead have a couple of display shields from Adafruit (1.8" tft with joystick and SD, 2.8" tft ...
2014-05-19 14:35 by kurte
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I've been doing some research regarding SD shields, and see that on the Duemilanove the interface uses SPI and the ICSP pins. My SD Card Shield does not seem to have any connectors for that interface. I am a real babe in the woods here, so help ...
2014-05-19 12:17 by tedkurtz
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... are reasonably different. That is the one with the XBee does not have Arduino headers. The one with headers does not have XBee hookup... I thought ... can see some of the differences int he following photo. Teensy-3.1-with-shields.jpg Who knows maybe in a bit I will take a look again at combining...
2014-05-17 09:54 by kurte
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Currently my Arduino-> Teensy one is using one of the 4dSys OLED 128g1... I was also experimenting earlier ... As for AdaFruit ones, I have two of them, both Arduino shields: The 1.8" display with micro-sd and joystick: https://www.adafruit.com/product/802 ...
2014-05-05 10:43 by kurte
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... I have W.A.L.T.E.R. fully operational and equipped with an XBee. The shields I'm using for the Arduino Megas have sockets for up to three XBee modules, and I have the XBee on the second ...
2014-04-29 23:59 by linuxguy
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