Introducing 1Sheeld – a Kickstarter with a low-budget goal of $10k that recently raked in over 8 times what the company Integreight was shooting for. 1Sheeld, a bluetooth based device that plugs into your standard Arduino board, can interface with a full compliment of smartphone sensor data. Though the Kickstarter has ended, 1Sheeld can still be purchased via Amazon for $55 dollars. The shield itself comes with an application which allows the device to interface with accellorometer, compass, gps data, not to mention giving your Arduino access to Twitter, Skype, and other internet based services. Take a look at this review by MakeUseOf:
The 1Sheeld is based on the ATMEGA162, and includes a bluetooth module on the bottom of the board itself. Like many Arduino shields, this one requires at least the Uno version three, but there are other models like the Mega that will work as well. The 1Sheeld has pass-through pins, so you can stack another shield on top if you wish. The board has two toggle switches, each offering a different function. The first switch toggles between the bluetooth serial line and the Arduino programming mode. As the 1Sheeld shares the serial tx/rx with both the host Arduino and the bluetooth module, this is a necessity but not a difficulty or inconvenience for the user. The second switch controls the voltage input, be it 5 volts or 3.3 volts.
The 1Sheeld is truly incredible once you begin to experiment with its incredible feature count. Everything ranging from posting on Twitter to voice recognition, this device certainly packs a punch for its size. Using a form of virtual emulation, 1Shield takes advantage of the vast sensor arrays in most smartphones and allows you the user to exploit them with whatever diy projects imaginable. For a full list of features, check out the 1Shield website.
To 1Sheeld or not to 1Sheeld
It depends on what your passion for use is. Though many of the 1Sheeld’s functions can be accomplished with a $5 part, it does provide a complete and very functional package for experimenting with smartphone-Arduino interface. The downside is it always needs to be connected to a smartphone – though most of us carry them around 24-7 in today’s tech-savy world. Overall, its a recommended buy for only $55.