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Title: instructions for multifunction board
Post by: matelot on May 20, 2014, 05:50 pm
I can't find a heading for my subject so I hope I am not going to get too much flak if I put it here.
I am interested in getting a multifunction board

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Multifunctional-Expansion-Board-Shield-kit-Based-Learning-for-Arduino-UNO-R3-WT/171286049290?_trksid=p5411.c100167.m2940&_trkparms=aid%3D222006%26algo%3DSIC.FITP%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20140131123730%26meid%3D7035883307498581842%26pid%3D100167%26prg%3D20140131123730%26rk%3D3%26rkt%3D15%26sd%3D231195379846

I notice there is no paperwork with it.
Does anyone know of anywhere I could get instructions i.e, which pin goes to which fiunction?
thanks.
Bob.
Title: Re: instructions for multifunction board
Post by: knut_ny on May 20, 2014, 08:08 pm
no documentation..=> trouble ahead
Title: Re: instructions for multifunction board
Post by: matelot on May 21, 2014, 03:43 pm

no documentation..=> trouble ahead


I disagree. For me no documentation means I have to look and one of the ways to look is to get advice from a forum.
Comments like yours are defeatist as well as unwarranted.
I looked and found
http://www.baaqii.com/promanage/manual/A1010.zip
Which is exactly what I wanted.
Title: Re: instructions for multifunction board
Post by: matelot on May 29, 2014, 04:25 pm
has anyone seen any tutorials for this board anywhere?
I am interested in the socket on the top left (wi-fi, i/r, temperature sensor etc)
Title: Re: instructions for multifunction board
Post by: CrossRoads on May 29, 2014, 04:42 pm
Can you unzip, use Additional Options, Browse to your locally stored copy, and Attach the file?
Title: Re: instructions for multifunction board
Post by: knut_ny on May 30, 2014, 10:36 am
The header (APC220) feeds power to the radio on pins 1 &2 and connects RX/TX to Arduino pins 0&1
Title: Re: instructions for multifunction board
Post by: jones_mp on Aug 01, 2014, 12:13 pm
Hi, the link to the manual does not seem to be working.  Could it be updated or  a new link,provided please.
Cheers, Martyn
Title: Re: instructions for multifunction board
Post by: jones_mp on Aug 02, 2014, 03:05 pm
Well the link is working now so thanks for that. Is there an English translation of the manual available anywhere please? Or has anyone done any work on working out the connections and how to use the multifunction board? Any help will be much appreciated. Cheers, Martyn.
Title: Re: instructions for multifunction board
Post by: matelot on Aug 04, 2014, 12:56 am
I didn't ask for the manual . All I was wanting was the pin layouts. The link I quoted included a pdf file
which I have attached.
Is this what you wanted Bob?
Title: Re: instructions for multifunction board
Post by: CrossRoads on Aug 04, 2014, 07:55 am
Yes, thanks.  I was probably at work and couldn't access that.

The pin layouts are shown in the PDF okay. The Arduino header numbers are scattered around to the components  (either digital, 0 to 13 with PWM markings, A0 to A5). Some buttons with pullup resistors, some LEDs with current limit resistors, some headers with +5/Gnd to connect to off board pots or sensors or servos (PWM signals), an onboard pot, an onboard buzzer it looks like, couple of shift registers for multiplexing 7-segment displays, an on board DS1820 (thermal sensor?)
and one part on the serial lines with characters I don't know how to translate. Can't even copy/paste into google for a translation.
Title: Re: instructions for multifunction board
Post by: CrossRoads on Aug 04, 2014, 08:01 am
Did you go thru the other folder? Has a bunch of arduino sketches.
The code is readable, the comments need translating.
First several seem pretty standard, blink the LEDs, button presses, etc.

I can't get to e-bay at work, so I skip over posts with links to e-bay products.
Title: Re: instructions for multifunction board
Post by: matelot on Aug 04, 2014, 01:02 pm
no, I have tried to translate them. they don't come off the pdf sheet. I will try to find someone to translate them for me ^_^
The comments on the sketches do translate but it would be a big job to go through all of them . I have sent a message to the company I got the files from (in China) asking if they know of an English version.

edit :- the Chinese alongside  the 7 pin plug converts as

 'connect for wireless module'.

On the board it says

'APC200 bluetooth voice recognition module'.

Does that sound familiar?
Title: Re: instructions for multifunction board
Post by: knut_ny on Aug 04, 2014, 04:08 pm
APC220 radio will plug in directly.
Title: Re: instructions for multifunction board
Post by: CrossRoads on Aug 04, 2014, 07:54 pm
Lots of hits on google for that radio,
DFRobot.com seems to be a source for them.

https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&source=hp&q=apc220+radio+communication+module&gbv=2&oq=apc220+radio&gs_l=heirloom-hp.1.0.0j0i22i30l6.1076.3822.0.12293.12.10.0.2.2.0.312.1638.0j2j4j1.7.0....0...1ac.1.34.heirloom-hp..3.9.1638.WWko2bZDR20
Title: Re: instructions for multifunction board
Post by: matelot on Aug 07, 2014, 11:43 pm
thanks Bob.
I have just had a reply from my source, they know of no English version of the sketches with the Chinese comments.
I may go through them at some time.
If anyone wants a project please let me know  :smiley-roll:
Title: Re: instructions for multifunction board
Post by: dadscar on Oct 04, 2014, 10:55 am
Hi matelot,
Have managed to decipher any more info about this board. Do you have any extra info or sample code you could let me have to help with getting it going. I bought some of these too expecting data to come with them but nothing did. The supplier hasn't helped either.
thanks
Title: Re: instructions for multifunction board
Post by: Boyuki on Oct 22, 2014, 12:45 am
This may be of use:

http://forum.hobbycomponents.com/viewtopic.php?f=40&t=1618

Saying that, I haven't had a chance to try any of the sketches, so cannot vouch for how good it is.  Seems to be a good match for the one I got off ebay, though.
Title: Instructions for multifunction board
Post by: wbrouwer on Nov 29, 2014, 04:30 pm
Purchased one of these boards via eBay and have been very pleased with if from a hardware perspective.  From a sketch or functionality view however the information available is 'sketchy' at best.  Finally decided to write my own examples using what could be gleaned from the internet (mostly in Chinese - thankful for Google Translate  :) ).

Was able to write a number of examples and start a user document which I have included with the zip file attachment.

Only things I could not figure out were the BlueTooth, LM35 headers (need more hardware) and what the jumpers do.

If there is enough interest I may look at writing a Funduino Library.

Thanks,
Bill Brouwer
Title: Re: instructions for multifunction board
Post by: gonnie08 on Dec 11, 2014, 09:21 pm
Thanks for the examples, perfect.
 I'm just confused, with how well the LM35 connection where the + OUT- must.
who can tell me???
Title: Re: instructions for multifunction board
Post by: gonnie08 on Dec 16, 2014, 02:20 pm
It works now
Title: Re: instructions for multifunction board
Post by: pacificstereo on Dec 17, 2014, 08:15 am
Hi
I just looked at the eBay link you posted at top. I also scrolled down and found a selection of other prototype boards.
I have just downloaded your PDF and have not read it yet.

What I would do..what I plan to do is to map out the connections with a multimeter. Simple enough (at least to me, and I am an idiot when it comes to electronics..)
Title: Re: instructions for multifunction board
Post by: ttakao on Jun 19, 2015, 03:57 am
This topic is not posted for a long time.
But I guess many users tried to use this board and refre this topic.
I would like to put some suggestion.

First of all, this board cannot support DS18B20. Maybe U5 in the schematic is designed for it, but target connection is A4. DS18B20 returns digital data. Therefore this function does not work.

The Second thing is that there is no Bluetooth board for this shield. I checked many bluetooth module pin layout, such as HC-05, HC06 and so on, but I could not find same pin layout board.
(If some knows, please, please add comment.)

The third thing is  4 digits 7 segment LED has very limited function.
If you tried to sample sketch, but figures are not so clear or wrong.
Usually, when we use 7 segment LED, we use dynamic lightning. The reason is circuit is simple.
If you want to use static lightning, we add some latch logic.

But dynamic lightning method is not suitable for this type of multi function board. Because assuming  to use DS18B20, we must wait 750msec.
If you want to show the temperature figure using this 4digit LED, the program is very complicated. (not possible)

Finally, my evaluation is bad.
No document, no vender, wrong connection, hard to use.

In the Arduino and other small computing world, there are too many unclear boards.
Now, I am preparing 'clear use' web site. 
Title: Re: instructions for multifunction board
Post by: Isaac96 on Jun 20, 2015, 02:45 am
This topic is not posted for a long time.
But I guess many users tried to use this board and refre this topic.
I would like to put some suggestion.

First of all, this board cannot support DS18B20. Maybe U5 in the schematic is designed for it, but target connection is A4. DS18B20 returns digital data. Therefore this function does not work.

The Second thing is that there is no Bluetooth board for this shield. I checked many bluetooth module pin layout, such as HC-05, HC06 and so on, but I could not find same pin layout board.
(If some knows, please, please add comment.)

The third thing is  4 digits 7 segment LED has very limited function.
If you tried to sample sketch, but figures are not so clear or wrong.
Usually, when we use 7 segment LED, we use dynamic lightning. The reason is circuit is simple.
If you want to use static lightning, we add some latch logic.

But dynamic lightning method is not suitable for this type of multi function board. Because assuming  to use DS18B20, we must wait 750msec.
If you want to show the temperature figure using this 4digit LED, the program is very complicated. (not possible)

Finally, my evaluation is bad.
No document, no vender, wrong connection, hard to use.

In the Arduino and other small computing world, there are too many unclear boards.
Now, I am preparing 'clear use' web site.  
1.The analog pins can be used as digital pins.
2.Did you look at the APC220?
3.IDK
Title: Example applications using multifunction board
Post by: Hackatron on Aug 03, 2015, 02:20 pm
Hi folks, I think this is a great shield for those starting out to code on Arduino boards. I've developed some sample applications and a short clip showing them in action:

- Digital alarm clock
- Heart monitor
- Countdown timer
- Sonar ranger
- Incline indicator
- Speedometer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIhI29Pi5zI

They're all part of a coding series I've published on my website. Have a try.
Title: Re: instructions for multifunction board
Post by: nealre on Aug 09, 2015, 06:55 am
thanks for the schematic. I am quite surprised that those who say the board is so good have not added the evidence of their experience? I notice that quite often, but who am i to complain. Now
I'll work on writing some sketches and see how good it really is? When I get time to work on them I'll do some sharing.
Thanks again,
Rick
Title: Re: instructions for multifunction board
Post by: neily1 on Nov 15, 2015, 11:54 am
re Multifunction shield
Can you tell people when they buy, if there uno has large usb, put a piece of tape on usb top, if this board  has large blob of solder it touches the metal case of usb ?
Title: Re: instructions for multifunction board
Post by: steveobs on Oct 21, 2017, 12:21 am
https://www.mpja.com/download/hackatronics-arduino-multi-function-shield.pdf