StickyBUG - Make Your Own Shields for Arduino
StickyBUG - Make Your Own Shields for Arduino
StickyBUGs are small, modular boards that enable you to quickly make your own Arduino shield, with no wiring or soldering required!
StickyBUGs are small, modular boards that enable you to quickly make your own Arduino shield, with no wiring or soldering required! Read more
About this project
StickyBUGs are small, modular boards that enable you to very quickly make your own shield, with no wiring or soldering required! Take a handful of stickyBUGs, plug them into the main stickySHIELD and you are ready to go! Full sample and library code is provided. StickyBUGs can be placed in any order, making them the ultimate configurable solution for Arduino development. Now you can create the shield you want that will fit perfectly into your next project. Fast, configurable and low cost make stickyBUGs an ideal addition to any makers toolbox.
We all love Arduino shields. They enable you to create many great projects by adding pluggable functionality to your main Arduino board, but they sometimes can have very fixed or limited functionality. For example, try finding a shield that has WiFi and a 12 channel servo control on the same board! With stickyBUGs this isn't a problem - just place a wifiBUG and two servoBUGs on your stickySHIELD and you are good to go. Conventional shields can yield some pretty tall stacks, making it difficult or impossible to put into project boxes. But not with the stickyBUG system - many stickyBUG combinations can result in very low profile stacks. Not only is this aesthetically pleasing but it's much easier to fit into a smaller project box.
Using very low profile sockets (only 5mm in height) ensures that stickySHIELDS are fully stackable. That's right, you could have a sdBUG, temperatureBUG and rtcBUG on one shield, with a segmentBUG and wifiBUG stacked on the top. Only two stacks high with all of that functionality. Great stuff.
StickySHIELDs can also automatically handle both 5.0v and 3.3v systems. This means you can use all stickyBUGs with 5.0v Arduino and Arduino clone boards or alternative 3.3v systems such as chipKIT or Firewing. Although not tested with stickyBUG yet, it's worth noting that the future Arduino Zero with be a 3.3v system, making a stickyBUG system very future proof.
Using stickyBUGs enables you to make your own shield with no wiring or soldering required! Some possibilities include: reflow controller with a segmentBUG, sdBUG and thermoBUG; GPS tracker with gpsBUG, sdBUG and ledBUG; robot hexapod walker using four servoBUGs; a data logger using a sdBUG, rtcBUG, lightBUG and temperatureBUG; home automation controller using a wifiBUG and two or more expanderBUGs to name just a few. There are so many project possibilities - and don't forget, you can stack stickyBUG shields to give you even more combinations!
I'm an active user of Arduino shields and use them extensively for both personal hobby use and for proof of concept design in commercial projects. However, I was finding it increasingly frustrating to get the functionality I wanted without having to resort to increasingly tall stacks. Worst still, the pin allocation of a given shield design did not always guarantee it would work with other shields. I also found that many shields filled spare PCB real estate by adding prototyping areas that I never used. I was very reluctant to solder up a shield that had just cost £££ plus which would be very difficult to re-purpose in the future! All in all, prototyping areas just seemed like dead space. So why not swap that dead space for something that has some functionality?
I like the shield concept and I didn't want to throw everything away and start again with another variation of an Arduino theme. I wanted to build something new on top of the current Arduino platform...
Half size stickyBUGs occupy one half a shield. This means you can have two of these BUGs per shield. Alternatively, you can have one half size BUG and two quarter size BUGs per shield.
Quarter size stickyBUGs occupy one quarter of a shield. This means you can have four of these BUGs per shield. Alternatively, you can have one half size BUG and two quarter size BUGs per shield.
The pledge plans shown on this page will meet most peoples needs. However, it may be that you want a slightly different solution to the one provided. After all, that is the whole point of the stickyBUG concept - you create the shield you want! If this is the case, simply take one of the pre-designed pledge plans and customise it to your needs. Simply choose the stickyBUG and quantity you wish to receive and add this amount to your pledge. For example, if you have pledged for the STARTER PACK, and want two extra servo controllers, then just add this amount to your pledge. For example,
- STARTER PACK (£18.00 GBP)
- 2 x servoBUG (£8.00 GBP + £8.00 GBP)
which gives a total pledge value of £34.00 GBP. At the end of the Kickstarter campaign you will receive a survey that will ask you how you would like the additional pledge money assigned.
- Transfer of funds - Await transfer of funds from Kickstarter. This can take up to 2 - 3 weeks. During this time I will gather surveys from backers. It is therefore important that all pledger's return their surveys in a timely manner so that the total number of component parts can be identified. Delayed surveys may delay the ordering process.
- Component Ordering - Order PCBs, stencils and components. PCBs usually take 2 weeks. Stencils within a week. Component delivery times will vary, depending on availability. Worst case for some manufactures are lead times of 8 weeks. However, I have alternative sources for many of the components used and these will be used, if possible.
- Manufacturing. I expect this to take approximately 6 weeks with another 2 weeks for testing.
- Shipping - all orders will be shipped in the weeks following testing.
All pledges will be shipped from the United Kingdom (UK). Shipping costs will be automatically added to your pledge. Shipping cost covers sturdy packaging and the cost of posting.
Risks and challenges
All stickyBUGs have been prototyped and fully tested. I have created a dedicated website at www.stickybug.info which contains more technical information including full sample and library source code.
I have had more than fifteen years of experience in developing embedded software and hardware development platforms and have been trading in the UK at www.mecanique.co.uk for over ten years. I understand the importance of delivering a product to a customer in a timely manner. Occasionally, plans need to change and if they do, I will keep all pledger's informed of any changes that would impact on expected delivery times. Please be assured that I will do my utmost to overcome any problems and be as transparent as possible throughout the whole Kickstarter process.
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