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What's in the Shield?

The EasyPlug shield provides an incredibly simple, clean, and quick way to connect sensors to your Arduino board. We have sensors for just about anything.

Need to turn pineapples and bananas into music instruments? We got you covered with our touch sensor.
Need to turn pineapples and bananas into music instruments? We got you covered with our touch sensor.

 Features:

  • 6 analog sensor inputs. 
  • Compatible with evergrowing list of VERVE sensors
  • Sensors are optimized for performance
  • Sensor circuit protection
  • No extra code to learn. Uses standard "analogRead(pin#)" command that most users are familiar with.
  • Uses any 3.5mm stereo cable, but we have found great flexible and colorful cables. 
  • Sensors boards have mounting holes
  • 6 unique colored cables so sensors are not confused
  • Stackable with other shields
  • No soldering

Meet the Sensors

All of our sensors are designed to be easy to use, right out of the box. Plug in a cable (provided) and the sensor is ready to go. We've picked the most useful and fun sensors for you. But we're adding more all the time, so you should be able to find a sensor to fit your needs.

Last but not least is the DIY sensor. This sensor is meant for people who already have some background in electronics and want an easy way to connect their sensors to an Arduino. The DIY sensor contains 0.1'' spacing GND, signal, and 3.3V pins. It also has on-board pull-up and pull-down breakout pins that accept through-hole resistors. If you need more room or have more complicated analog sensors, you can plug the DIY sensor into your breakout bread.

Pledge Tiers

Since you are the first ones to believe in us. All tiers are at least 20% off from our retail price.

$15: Get started now! You get (1) EasyPlug Shield, (1) connector cable, and (1) light sensor.
$15: Get started now! You get (1) EasyPlug Shield, (1) connector cable, and (1) light sensor.
$25: You get (1) EasyPlug Shield, (1) light sensor, (1) button, (1) touch sensor with (2) alligator clips, and (3) connector cables.
$25: You get (1) EasyPlug Shield, (1) light sensor, (1) button, (1) touch sensor with (2) alligator clips, and (3) connector cables.
$33: You get (1) EasyPlug Shield, (6) touch sensors, (6) connector cables, and (12) alligator clips.
$33: You get (1) EasyPlug Shield, (6) touch sensors, (6) connector cables, and (12) alligator clips.
$38: You get (1) EasyPlug Shield, (6) DIY sensors, and (6) connector cables
$38: You get (1) EasyPlug Shield, (6) DIY sensors, and (6) connector cables

 $35 & $55 EARLY BIRD SPECIAL AVAILABLE!!!! $65: You get (1) EasyPlug Shield, (1) light sensor, (1) button, (1) touch sensor with (2) alligator clips, (1) turn sensor, (1) motion sensor, (1) temperature sensor, (1) DIY sensor, (1) magnetic sensor with magnet, and (6) connector cables

$80: You get (1) EasyPlug Shield, (1) light sensor, (1) button, (1) touch sensor with (2) alligator clips, (1) turn sensor, (1) motion sensor, (1) temperature sensor, (1) DIY sensor, (1) magnetic sensor with magnet, (1) force sensor, (1) loudness sensor, (6) connector cables, and (3) cable extenders.

$150: You get (1) EasyPlug Shield, (2) light sensors, (2) buttons, (2) touch sensors with (4) alligator clips, (2) turn sensors, (2) motion sensors, (2) temperature sensors, (2) DIY sensors, (2) magnetic sensors with magnet, (2) force sensors, (2) loudness sensors, (12) connector cables, and (6) cable extenders

Why Kickstarter?

We think Kickstarter is the ideal place to launch this product. Kickstarters are our kind of people--forward looking, tech savvy, doers who aren't content to wait around for things to happen by themselves. We need Kickstarters to help us get our product into production, thereby enabling a generation of technical and creative people to make awesome technology and creative projects. If we hit our funding target then we can afford to build the devices at costs low enough to be affordable enough to put these devices in the hands of anyone who wants one.

Don't own an Arduino?

If you don't own an Arduino or want an even EASIER way to connect our sensors to a computer check out our previous kickstarter project called "VERVE". This thing lets you control your computer using the same sensors without any coding involved! 

Kickstarter link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/54060271/verve-plug-the-world-into-your-computer

Production and Fulfillment plan 

We want to be perfectly transparent with you every step of the way. Here’s some information on how we will be turning this product from an idea to a product that you can hold in your hands. Production and fulfillment will be handled in a three step process.

Step 1: Manufacturing Printed circuit board (PCB) fabrication, PCB assembly, and packaging will all be handled through NOA Labs. This manufacturing firm has a proven track record. They have worked with giants such as BMW and Airbus as well as countless small businesses and start-ups. To personally vet the company, we purchased an initial sample run of printed circuit boards and enclosures (shown in picture above). The company is ready to produce up to 50,000 units per month and quoted us a lead time of 30-45 days for production. Shipment will take another 12-15 days. In parallel, we will order the colorful sensor cables and the cable extenders from a trusted electronics supplier. We received initial sample units of all these components from this supplier and they too are ready to ship at a moment’s notice. Their quoted lead time is 20 days with another 7-10 days for shipment. The second you help us hit our funding goal we will begin this process.

Step 2: Assembly. We will begin assembly the same day the units arrive from both NOA labs and our electronics supplier. We will test each board, sensor, and cable to make sure that everything works perfectly. We will then package this item in the supplied retail box. This process is expected to take between 10-30 days depending on the number of orders.  

Step 3: Fulfillment. We partnered with a local fulfillment center that is ready to ship out all the units. This process will take 5-10 days. It will take an additional 5-15 days for USPS to get the item to your door. We will push as hard as humanly possible to get this item to you before the June deadline

The Story

The EasyPlug shield spawned off a project called the VERVE. It provides a really easy way to connect the same sensors to a computer without any coding.

Kickstarter link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/54060271/verve-plug-the-world-into-your-computer

After launching the VERVE, we realized there was a large interest in using the same sensors for the Arduino. People commented on how they loved simply plugging these sensors in, not having to solder, and being able to eliminate the ratsnest of wires typically found in their Arduino projects. We therefore set out to make these sensors compatible with the Arduino

We often found ourselves in this situation when playing with Arudinos and we wanted a way to fix the mess.
We often found ourselves in this situation when playing with Arudinos and we wanted a way to fix the mess.

Our first generation sensors were functional but needed a makeover. We therefore redesigned them to include a new barrel jack connector, nicer looking white solder mask, and more informative larger fonts.

1st generation sensors
1st generation sensors

Finally we designed the shield and sent it out for manufacturing. We designed the shield so that it would be easy to connect to an Arduino and other cool shields and that the connectors were located in accessible, non-obtrusive locations.

After receiving the shield and newer sensor boards, we tested the circuit protection circuitry and functionality of all the sensors. It all worked so we decided to deliver our new project to our favorite website, Kickstarter!

About us

 The inXus Interactive team consists of Jordan Linford (left), Mark Bachman (middle), and Nizan Friedman (right).

Mark is a faculty in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and also in Biomedical Engineering at the University of California Irvine. In addition, he is the Director of the eHealth Collaboratory at the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) Irvine. Mark is expert in human computer interface (HCI), sensors and sensor systems, as well as microtechnology for biomedical and health applications. Mark brings his technology vision, expertise in sensor and computing systems, and past experience with managing startups to this project.

Nizan holds a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from UC Irvine which he received for developing sensor systems and video game applications for post-stroke hand rehabilitation. His award winning music-game rehabilitation system has been clinically shown to be up to three times more effective at improving hand function after stroke than conventional therapy. His work has been featured on National Public Radio, on the cover of Interface magazine, and in Popular Mechanics magazine. He is also a co-founder of the successful startup Flint Rehabilitation Devices, LLC. Nizan has experience working with manufacturers (in US and overseas) to produce consumer quality products. He brings his technical experience, management expertise, and entrepreneurial experience to this project.

Jordan holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from UC Irvine. While a student at UCI, he studied under Professor Bachman's guidance and became the 'guru' of electronics in the Bachman lab. Jordan has received several awards for his work in electronics design. While a senior at UCI, his team (which he led) won top honors for designing an Android-controlled industrial plating system with advanced pulse plating capabilities. Although highly recruited by local companies, Jordan has decided to take a shot with inXus. Jordan brings his electronics design, troubleshooting, and software development skills, as well as his enthusiasm, to this project.

Risks and challenges

We've worked hard to minimize the risks associated with this project. The product has already gone through several design/prototyping stages and beta tests with target users. We are officially ready to manufacture. We have qualified our manufacturers and first-level fulfillment partners. If we can raise enough funds, we are confident that we can ship the product by June. We have verified prototype level manufacturing, but we need large orders to bring the manufacturing costs down to an affordable level.

If setbacks occur, we will contact our customers to keep them informed of possible delays. If orders are slow to arrive, we will ship to customers in order that they committed funds.

We want to send out a thank you to Danielle Fhan for putting together a brilliant video. We also want to send out a big thanks to all the inventors who have helped spark the maker movement. To inventors of products like the Arduino, little Bits, Makey Makey, ATOMS toys and all the other awesome makers tools in between. You have inspired millions of people around the world -- us included!

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