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Microcontroller Accessories

Microcontroller Accessories are additional components specific or generic to your Microcontroller  that add functionality and/or new features. They range from simple powering systems to complex Arduino Shields that will make your projects much easier.


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  • Arduino Shield Headers
    Good value
    Review by Jeremy
    I purchased this to solder onto a APM board for telemetry output. Worked out great! Quality seems good.
    (Posted on 9/18/14)
  • 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)
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Barobo Actuator Disassembly

Posted on February 19, 2014

By Coleman Benson & filled under Electronics, Mechanics.

Barobo‘s Linkbot all-in-one smart actuators allow anyone without any knowledge of robotics to create and “program” robots. Each actuator is packed with many features including: • Atmel AVR Microcontroller: Compatible with Arduino so you can re-flash with your own firmware using the on-board bootloader • ZigBee-Capable Radio: Communicate wirelessly with an 802.15.4-compliant radio, create mesh [...]
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New Product: Arduino Leonardo

Posted on July 23, 2012

By RB1 & filled under Robotics Projects & Kits.

We all love Arduino. This open-source microcontroller is incredibly successful, mainly thanks to the fact that it is powerful, very simple to program, and has allowed the community to develop derivatives and accessories. Recently, there has been a new addition to the Arduino family: the Arduino Leonardo. This new board differs a bit from its predecessors since it uses only one microcontroller (no second serial [...]
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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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... hasn't gone well for me, in the past. I really want that octa cored goodness of the Odroid XU-E, and am going to have to look at the selection of accessories again. I'd want 64 Gb eMMC for sure, and possibly the camera, but I have no idea what else might be good to get with it. Anyway it keeps ...
2014-04-22 02:02 by linuxguy
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... to get one of the octa core ODroid XU-E boards, but the $50.00 shipping cost is keeping me from getting one right now. Maybe if I order it with accessories all on the same order, that won't be the case. My two robots have over 5000 lines of Arduino code between them right now, but I am starting ...
2014-04-21 21:14 by linuxguy
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... so you will need to source that at a local hobby store. You can use a microcontroller such as Arduino along with accessories such as these ones to complete your project: http://www.robotshop.com/ProductInfo.aspx?pc=RB-Dfr-306 ...
2013-08-16 10:29 by Carlitos
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... properly powered (via the USB cable for instance) (2) No components or accessories are interfering with the serial line (pins 0 and 1) (3) The Arduino ... defective (if you were never able to program anything) or damaged (the microcontroller stopped working after some specific action).
2013-02-25 13:16 by Carlitos
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... properly powered (via the USB cable for instance)(2) No components or accessories are interfering with the serial line (pins 0 and 1)(3) The Arduino ... defective (if you were never able to program anything) or damaged (the microcontroller stopped working after some specific action).
2012-12-24 12:00 by rb1
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... like this: 3V, 1.6A, 233 oz-in Geared Bipolar Stepper Motor RB-Phi-131 Microcontroller- I decided to try and learn c programming. This is what I ... up with to oder: Arduino Uno USB Microcontroller Rev 2 RB-Ard-18 with accessories, and the Proto shield? Motor Driver- to drive the stepper motor, ...
2012-01-19 15:28 by RobotFun
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... and a reset button. It contains everything needed to support the microcontroller; simply connect it to a computer with a USB cable or power ... shields designed for the Arduino Duemilanove or Diecimila, also share accessories with Seeeduino family.
2011-06-13 14:17 by Robot Dude
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Also, there are numerous accessories I would like to be able to use as well such as Gyros, Accelerometers, GPS, ... normally have anything to do with these. Usually these are handled directly by a microcontroller. The SSC-32 does have four analog ports, but I don't think the resolution ...
2007-05-31 11:52 by linuxguy
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... of my 18 servo hexapods all from one 6.0vdc 2800mAh battery, VS, VL and accessories! The only problem is after a pretty long run time the Logic regulator will no longer be able to provide a stable 5vdc and the microcontroller will brown out. The legs go limp and the robot sits down. Then ...
2007-03-12 18:18 by Robot Dude
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