ArduShield – most versatile shield for ARDUINO

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Hi to everybody.

I'm Simon, and I'm a fan of the Arduino because of their simplicity.

Along the way I was used different type of the Arduino boards in my projects like a Mini, Pro Mini, Nano or Micro.
And base on this I came up with shield idea called ArduShield.

ArduShield it is most versatile development shield for most popular Arduino boards like a Arduino UNO R3, Mini, Pro Mini V5, Nano V3, MicroR3, Leonardo, Yun, Zero, Galileo Gen2 and many other derivative boards.

ArduShield solved few problems what we found during developing idea base on Arduino.

Before we will jump to the detail about ArduShield,I would like to encourage you to leave a comment. Your feedback is extremly valuable. Idea is to make this shield usefull to you, that you will get most out of it.

This shield is still under development and this is the best time to hear your voice.

AdruShield with other shields
Idea for ArduShield was born out of the problem that hit several Arduino fans.

First we found that we had many shields that fit only to Arduino UNO, but they don’t fit to Arduino Mini, Pro Mini, Nano and other type of smaller Arduino board. Smaller Arduino boards are much more cost effective then Arduino UNO, and we want to use them to.

Example of Ethernet shield drive by Arduino Micro.

Example of 2×16 LED display shield drive by Arduino Pro Mini.

Simplify design with AdruShield
Second thing what most bother us over time, was when we have to start one more time re-wiring Arduino and bread board because of some small mistake which cannot be find. Idea was to shrink down amount of the cable between Arduino UNO and Bread Board minimum by half.

Move Arduino pins to bread board
Great things about ArduShield is that you can have access for all pins of Arduino on bread board instantly.

Power supply on bread board
Another useful thing about ArduShield is that you can have power supply to your bread board.

You can also use VCC or GND signal separately if you want just by cutting narrow trace on BR1 or BR2. If you want to go back with this connection just place a drop of tin between cuted trace.

Programming tool for Arduino Mini and Arduino Pro Mini
ArduShield can be use like a programing tool for Arduino mini and Arduino Pro Mini. We know that both of this board require external programmer.

Now if you have Arduino UNO board you can connect Arduino Mini or Arduino Pro Mini instantly to ArduShield and play with them via Arduino IDE.

Access for analog pins A4 A5 A6 and A7 of Arduino Mini and Arduino Pro Mini
Now you will get access for all of the pins Arduino Mini and Pro Mini on bread board.
Till now when you need to use pins A4, A5, A6, A7 with Arduino Mini there where make short cut with pin 8 and 9 on bread board.

With Arduino Pro Mini pins were not place in the 0.1inch (2.54mm) raster. They had this weird spacing. Now this change with ArduShield.

Full flexibility when you design with ArduShield
ArduShield provide access for all 4 holes from each side of bread board.

Comparing with Arduino Micro and Nano we have access for 2 and 3 pins after assembly PCB on bread board.

Access for 4 holes on each side give us high flexibility during design.

Two prototype on one bread board with ArduShield
The realy nice thing about this shield is that you can develope even 2 prototype at the one time on one bread board, without the need to disconnect everything. How it is frustrated when you need to jump shortly to another prototype and check some new idea!

Now this is easy and simple.

Just flip side of the AdruShield on bread board and you are ready to go with your second idea!

What is the ArduShield compatible with?

Already Tested:

  • Arduino UNO R3
  • Arduino Micro R3
  • Arduino Nano V3
  • Arduino Mini V5
  • Arduino Mini Pro
  • Intel Galileo
  • Arduino Nano V3 – clon

Compatibility based on schematic analysis:

  • ArduinoYun
  • Arduino Zero
  • Arduino Leonardo

Plan to expand ArduShield about new functions

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Thank you for your time to look on this idea, and let me know what do you think.

I've used lots of Nanos and Prominis, but since they already plug into a breadboard, why would I want to plug them into something else, which then just plugs into a breadboard anyway? You are right that the pins on the end of the promini not being breadboard friendly, but I just solder wires to them so that I can plug them into a breadboard, if I need them at all.

Thanks for your response.
Yes you have a right that you can solder the wires, but it can be done in more easy way.
There are few things which can be improve with ArduShield.
First it is a matter of second when you can connect shield which fit into the UNO without any cables.
Because of the size of the Nano of Micro you can have access with ArduShield for 4 pins of the breadboard from each side instead of 3 and 2.
In addition you can reduce amount of the cables on bread boars, and you can have power supply on long strip instantly on bread board and also without any additional cables.

Looks like a really usefull PCB !
This post probably belongs in the Exhibition/Gallery
Nice job !

Thanks for your feedback and for appreciating efforts.
If you have any idea how to make this PCB more useful, I'm willing to listening.
Thanks.

This has to be the simplest but most useful shield I have seen in a while!
Really cool, good job!
Agreed, it should be in exhibition, since it is more of a completed product.
Where and when can we get one?

Thanks for replay.
Before ArduShield will be ready to go I want to have your feedback to make this shield useful to you, that you will get most out of it.
You can share your idea in this post.
If anyone wants to have updated information when this shield will be ready just subscribe.

Check out instructable how to program ATtiny85 with Arduino UNO and ArduSHIELD.

Is this fine product available to the public yet? Or is there a kickstart project going?

I'm interested in it for the programing of the other boards.

Thanks

Not as far as I know.

Hi Everybody,

Soon I will run crowdfunding campaign for ArduSHIELD.

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For those who sign up I have prepared discount for rewards.
I will be grateful for the share this message with community.

Thank you,
Simon.

Why do you need crowdfunding? Put up some cash and fund it yourself.
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Mega Screw Shield! No crowdfunding needed 8)

Please add attiny4313 support :slight_smile:

First visit to this section of the forum and must say I am impressed by the dedication of people.

Just a suggestion but would the Ardushield take a header for an IDC cable similar to the raspberry Pi breakouts ?

In my clumsy hands I am sure I would break that breadboard tail

I'm really thrilled to let you know for Crowdfunding Campaign for ArduShield.

Now campaing is on the way.

ArduShield - Crowdfounding Campaign

For those who will support ArduShield within first 48 hours we are planning attractive rewards.