Description: How versatile can a prototyping shield be?
The Shield Dock is a prototyping shield the can be used many different ways.
The idea for the Shield Dock started out when we wanted to use our Sippino with a the VoiceShield to make a talking SIMON style game using RFID cards. This project required both the use of our VoiceShield (a standard Arduino shield) as well as a prototyping area to solder the RFID parts. We could have used a regular Arduino and proto shield but we didn't want to dedicate an expensive Arduino to our project.
We got the idea that it would be great to have a docking station for the Sippino. Giving the Sippino the ability to connect with regular full sized shields. What we ended up with was a super versatile prototyping shield that does a whole lot more than we had originally planned on!
Using the supplied male and female headers you can use the Shield Dock in a variety of ways.
- Regular prototyping shield (on top of an Arduino)
- A break-out of all of the Arduino pins on one side
- Prototyping shield, with a docked Sippino
- Arduino style shield to Sippino adapter
- As a shield breakout, with male pins to bring your shield signals onto your breadboard
- As a regular Arduino prototyping shield, middle or top position
- etc ...
There is also enough space on this prototyping shield so you can drop a mini breadboard on top, until your project's bugs are worked out.
- Bottom silk screening (so that you don't have to keep flipping it over as you solder)
- All of the Arduino pins brought out in a line on one edge with clear white labeling
- Screw hole pattern matches the UNO layout
- Two sets of dual power rails (you decide which are powered or not)
- Includes more headers than you need (for many ways to use the Shield Dock)
- Two rows of tripled or doubled up pins for placing DIP chips
- You decide where in your stack to place it
- Maximum space for your project
- Sexy blue solder mask, same as the Sippino & Prototino
- Shield Dock PCB
- 2x Long 8 pin female headers (the type you find on shields)
- 2x Long 6 pin female headers
- 2x 6 pin female headers (the type you find on a standard Arduino)
- 2x 8 pin female headers
- 1x 40 pin female header (handy to connect your Sippino to the Shield Dock)
- 1x 40 pin Male header
Kit does not include; wires, breadbords, Sippino, Arduino or other shields.