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Idiotware Shield: IoT for Arduino, Simplified

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The Idiotware Shield is for anyone who wants to quickly bring their IoT ideas to life with minimum hassle and expense.

The Idiotware Shield is a learning platform for quickly bringing to life hundreds of Arduino projects, whether you’re a novice or expert. The Idiotware Shield is the Swiss Army Knife of Arduino shields, with plenty of integrated inputs and outputs and options for connectivity and expansion.

Development Process:

The journey building the Idiotware Shield started when they built a very basic prototyping shield, which was named the Curiosity Gym shield v0.1. Curiosity Gym is a place for people of all ages to allow for sparking of one’s own curiosity through applied learning, tinkering, prototyping or making.

The Gym offers a shared learning environment for all ages through workshops, talks and fun projects that anyone can participate in. One can attend a variety of workshops or free talks and also participate in some ongoing activities or projects like building a gesture controlled clock, taking and making a 3D selfie, help make a book shelf, build and enhance a Mars rover or many other projects. You can also learn to design and 3-D print a building, vehicle or home decoration or 3D doodle your own mask or spectacle or woodwork.

An early prototype of the Idiotware Shield

Some of the projects the students prototyped with the v0.1 of the shield include a chess clock and a security system that sounds an alarm when someone passes through a laser beam, a.k.a. the laser maze.

After the quick prototyping phase, students used coding techniques to reduce the size of their project as a second iteration. The Team at the Idiotware Shield very quickly realised that they had to bring in communication interfaces (Wi-Fi, mesh radio, and Bluetooth), alongwith a low power display to the Shield.

Features & Specifications:

Input 

Temperature: LM35, linear 10 mV/°C Scale Factor, rated for −55°C to 150°C range

Light: Generic 5 mm Light Dependent Resistor 

Potentiometer: 10 kOhm Sweep Potentiometer

Touch Pad: Capacitive Touchpad using TTP-223

Push Button: Generic 6 mm micro switch 

Infrared Remote Control Receiver: TSOP31238 compatible with 38 KHz IR remotes

Output

  • One RGB LED: WS2812B for smart colored light mixing.
  • 12 Red LEDs: connected to Arduino’s digital outputs
  • OLED Display: connected via I2C header, sold separately
  • Piezo Buzzer: Multitone Buzzer with good sound reproduction up to 2 KHz

Connectivity 

  • Wi-Fi: ESP8226-01 module connected via Wi-Fi header enables over-the-air Arduino programming and cloud connectivity, sold separately
  • Low-power Mesh Radio: NRF24L01 module connected via mesh radio header enables 2.4 GHz mesh networking, sold separately
  • Bluetooth: HC-05 Bluetooth module connected via Bluetooth header, sold separately
  • microSD Card: integrated card slot for data storage.

Configurability 

  • Expansion Ports: 0.1” headers for digital and analog Arduino pins
  • Voltage Regulator: LM1117 3.3 V regulator supplies up to 800 mA with current limiting and thermal shutdown protection
  • Made for Arduino: compatible with all major Arduino boards, such as the Uno, Mega, and Leonardo

Add-on Modules: The Idiotware Shield has four expansion ports dedicated to specific modules you can buy as add-ons

  • OLED Display Module: 0.96” diagonal, 128 x 64 pixels, blue Chip Datasheet 
  • HC-05 Bluetooth Module Module Datasheet 
  • NRF24L01 Mesh Networking Module Chip Datasheet
  • Pre-programmed ESP-01 Wi-Fi Module Module Datasheet

For backers who wish to program the bundled ESP8266-01 module, software and programming support is available for Windows, Linux and MacOS.

Arduino Uno and Accessories

You can use the Idiotware Shield with your own Arduino board, or you can get an Arduino as part of this campaign. Any pledge level that includes an Arduino comes with:

  • Arduino Uno Board
  • USB cable
  • DC power adapter

For Beginners: With the Idiotware Shield, you can make its on-board LEDs shine, blink, change colors, and dance to the beat of the on-board multi-tone buzzer.

For Intermediate Learners: Integrated on-board the Idiotware Shield are environmental sensors, like temperature and ambient light, and human interfaces, like switches and a touch sensor.

For Advanced Learners: You can query and process the Shield’s sensor data and control the Shield’s outputs over Wi-Fi using a cloud server or over Bluetooth using a phone. The Shield can log data (offline) to an SD card (up to 8 GB), using the integrated microSD card socket, to be retrieved manually or as soon as Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connectivity becomes available.

Curiosity Gym is a leading makerspace in Mumbai that helps enthusiasts build prototypes. Curiosity Gym also runs Innovation Hubs in schools and colleges to awaken curiosity and help catalyze making, innovation, design thinking, and entrepreneurship across all age groups.

The Team

  • Girish Nair
  • Jehangir Khajotia
  • Rupin Chheda
  • Devansh Shah

The Team has started a crowdfunding campaign with a goal of raising $8,000 in order to bring Idiotware Shield to life! Once the campaign ends in early February 2017, they’ll start their first production run. After more testing and packaging, they’ll begin shipping your Shields in May 2017.

Rewards

Pledge $5 – Superstar Supporter! You are Super Awesome! You will be rewarded with good karma and regular backer updates.

Pledge $25 – Idiotware Shield – Hot Cakes! Get the Idiotware Shield for 40% off! Limited stock. Includes one Idiotware Shield. Free shipping to USA and India.

Pledge $49 – Idiotware Shield! Buy the Idiotware Shield at retail price. Includes one Idiotware Shield. Free shipping to USA and India.

Pledge $69 – Double The Fun – Limited Stock. Buy two Idiotware Shields at more than 25% discount! Modules not included. Free shipping to USA and India.

Pledge $79 – Double The Fun. Buy two Idiotware Shields at more than 18% discount! Modules not included. Free shipping to USA and India.

Pledge $89 – Idiotware Shield + All Modules. Includes one Idiotware Shield and all four add-on modules: OLED display module, HC-05 Bluetooth module, NRF24L01 mesh networking module, and pre-programmed ESP-01 Wi-Fi module. Does not include Arduino board or accessories. Free shipping to USA and India.

Pledge $109 – Idiotware Shield + Everything! one Idiotware Shield, all four add-on modules (OLED display module, HC-05 Bluetooth module, NRF24L01 mesh networking module, and pre-programmed ESP-01 Wi-Fi module), one Arduino Uno, and all accessories (USB cable and power adapter). Free shipping to USA and India.

Pledge $179 – Pack of Five Idiotware Shields! You will receive 5 x Idiotware Shields at more than 25% discount! Great for makerspaces and combined purchases amongst friends. No modules included. Free shipping to USA and India.

Pledge $329 – Pack of Ten Idiotware Shields! You will receive 10 x Idiotware Shields at more than 25% discount! Best pledge for makerspaces and combined purchases amongst friends. No modules included. Free shipping to USA and India.

Pledge $695 – 10 x Idiotware Shield + 10 x All Modules! Includes TEN Idiotware Shields and TEN of each add-on module: OLED display module, HC-05 Bluetooth module, NRF24L01 mesh networking module, and pre-programmed ESP-01 Wi-Fi module. Does not include Arduino board or accessories. Free shipping to USA and India.

Pledge $999 – 10 x Idiotware Shield + 10 x Everything! Includes TEN of everything!: TEN Idiotware Shields, TEN of each add-on module (OLED display module, HC-05 Bluetooth module, NRF24L01 mesh networking module, and pre-programmed ESP-01 Wi-Fi module), TEN Arduino Unos, and TEN of each accessory (USB cable and power adapter). Free shipping to USA and India.

Thank you so much for any help you’re able to give. And please forward this campaign to anyone you think may be interested and willing to help.
 
Have a look at the campaign link for more information:

https://www.crowdsupply.com/curiosity-gym/idiotware-shield#development-process




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