This Kickstarter project is for the breadboard Shield-Adapter. It allows you to use the various Arduino style shields with a breadboard. This allows you to quickly build up a prototype using shields rather than building all the individual components on a breadboard. Then you can use any breadboard style microcontroller module or just a microcontroller chip to control the shields. I use the prototypes with my Microchip PIC based CHIPAXE modules. You could use it with the popular breadboard style microcontroller modules that have been funded right here on Kickstarter.
Why am I here at Kickstarter:
I'm here at Kickstarter to gather others who are interested in this module to help take it from prototype to production. And if successful, all the design files will be released open source to the community.
To make a production version in volume at an affordable price requires tooling and production costs for the circuit board and I have to buy the connectors and headers in large volume to get decent pricing. So I'm trying to pool together a large group of users to help fund the project so I can get these produced at an affordable price.
I already have the assembly team in place. Its the same team I'm using to build the Battery-Shield which was my first successful Kickstarter project. I have the board supplier and component suppliers lined up and they are all reliable sources who have been in business for many years.
Help take this from prototype to production by contributing to the project and get your own breadboard Shield-Adapter. I offer a bare board, board and parts kit, assembled unit or multiple unit options from the reward listings here to the right.
The Shield-Adapter plugs right into a breadboard. All the shields pins are brought out to a single row header. This makes it easy to connect to any pin on the shield.
The problem with using a shield directly is the offset spacing of the headers. You can't just plug a shield directly into a breadboard. It won't fit.
The Shield-Adapter makes it easy to use a shield with any microcontroller or microcontroller module.
You can use more than one Shield-Adapter to quickly build a complex circuit on a breadboard. You can leave all the connections in place but just unplug the shield for use in another project. When you are ready to use the original setup again, just plug the shield back in and you are ready to go.
All the pins of the shield are brought out to a single in-line header which is spaced at 0.100'' inch so it will fit any breadboard.
Risks and challenges
Risks and Challenges
The risks are minimum but there are a few. I've been designing and building electronics for years. I fully tested several prototypes and the prototypes are built from the same sources as the final design will be.
I've built many different modules and have used a very reliable assembly team to build products like this. In fact, the same team that is building the Battery-Shield, which was a successful Kickstarter project, will be completing this project.
But everything so far has been prototype using production design sources.
The biggest risk is not enough interest in the project and not reaching the funding goal. The cost of tooling and buying the components in high enough volume to make the Shield-Adapter affordable is what sets the minimum funding goal. If I don't reach that goal, the Shield-Adapter cannot be made for a reasonable price. So that's why I need kickstarter to help create a big enough volume to spread the costs over many Shield-Adapters.
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