New Product: Arduino ProtoShield

Posted in (News) by Aaron on 22-11-2010

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Let’s face it: There are a lot of prototyping shields out there for your Arduino. Why add one to the mix? Well, we saw a need. When you’re working with your Arduino, you get in pretty deep before you have the need to actually build a custom setup on a shield. At that point, you might even ask yourself why you’re not making a custom shield. Sometimes you need something that will let you plug in some sensors, motors, a custom breadboard circuit, whatever it may be, without soldering your component away permanently. We know, because we wanted the same thing.

Our shield is designed to let you do that. It allows access to all the pins on the Arduino directly through screw-in terminal blocks.  There is also header space to break out 11 digital pins  for servo (or other actuator) controls. The remaining space on the shield contains a number of solderable vias, and a matched set of Vcc and Gnd rails to get power to whatever you stick there. The rails can be powered either by the Arduino 5v supply, or a secondary supply connected directly to the board.

Kit unassembled

Assembly instructions are listed in the Tutorials section.

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New Product: EerieEyes

Posted in (News) by Aaron on 28-10-2010

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After a lot of work tuning the firmware and building a site for it, we’re finally ready to sell our first product: EerieEyes.

EerieEyes is a fairly simple circuit that, when turned on and put in the dark provides an eerie pair of eyes staring out from the darkness. We’re certainly not the first people to have this idea, but we’re pretty sure that we’re the first to build one on an AVR, and offer it up open source/open hardware.

We hope to be able to expand the firmware available here. Right now, EerieEyes blinks, and if you connect a Peizo or Vibrating motor up to the extension pads, it’ll buzz. There’s an ISP header available for onboard programming, and it also provides a breakout for all 5 GPIO pins.

Happy Halloween!