Arduinos are some of the most popular microcontrollers around. With the availability of different kinds of Shields (circuit boards that plug into the Arduino to give it more functionality), an Arduino can be made to do pretty much anything. In this wishlist, we cover some of accessories you need to get started with Arduino, and some of the ones we think are just plain cool!
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Arduino UNO R3
There are several models of Arduino in different sizes and functionality, including the Portenta and Nano models, which feature modern connectivity options. In this wishlist, however, we're taking a look at R3 compatible accessories. R3 is the 3rd revision of the Arduino UNO, which added a few new pins along with various other changes.
LEDs are useful for any Arduino projects, whether they're used for testing or part of the final design.
A breadboard eliminates the need for soldering, making it easy to wire things up.
A small breadboard comes in handy for projects that require portability, such has portable devices or wearables.
With Arduinos, the fun starts when you start stacking shields. This stackable header kit gives you more space for stacking.
Shields and Modules
This battery add-on provides power for portable projects and works not only for Arduino, but also SBCs like Raspberry Pi and Beaglebone. It can even keep the project running while recharging.
This bundle includes a Wi-Fi shield so you can connect your project to the Internet, as well as capacitive touch slider display, accelerometer, and flexible powering options.
Connect your Arduino application to the Internet with an Ethernet Shield.
Ethernet and PoE Shield
A shield providing Power over Ethernet (PoE) is also available.
This credit card-sized shield gives an Arduino cellular capabilities, including SMS and telephone functions, as well as GPS.
An IoT module lets Arduino developers quickly build IoT applications and connect to the cloud without the steep learning curve.
Add NFC (nearfield communication) and RFID capabilities to your Arduino project with this shield from adafruit.
Secure IoT Shield
With so many modern devices making wireless connections and passing data back and forth, security becomes an important consideration. This shield provides a plug and play solution for secure connectivity with proven hardware-based security algorithms.
TFT Touch Shield
Touch screens are ubiquitous interfaces for modern portable devices. Add a 2.8" full color touch screen to your Arduino project with a Touch Shield.
LCD screens are great for simple texting, such as outputting text messages and simple animations.
3D Tracking and Gesture Sensor
This gesture sensor detects everything from taps and swipes to drawing in the air, creating new possibilities for different things you can do.
Voice Recorder Module
This Voice Recorder Module gives an Arduino record capability. It supports 40 minutes of voice recording and can even work without a controller; just use the on-board record and play buttons.
9 Axes Motion Shield
Applications involving health and fitness, as well as automotive or industrial, require motion analysis. A motion shield provides an accelerometer, gyroscope, and magnetometer, covering pretty much every movement.
Ultrasonic Ranging Sensor
This sensor uses ultrasonic waves to determine how far away an object is (up to 4 meters).
Wurth Sensor Shield
This shield offers plug and play compatibility with Wurth's sensor EVAL boards, as well as any sensor with an I2C or SPI interface.
With its integrated pressure, humidity, and temperature sensors, this shield gives Arduino weather and environmental detection capabilities.
Arduino Sensor Kit
This sensor kit from Arduino includes a base board and a variety of sensors (light, sound, air pressure, temperature, and accelerometer). It also includes an OLED screen, as well as guided lessons introducing users to Arduino development. For someone just getting started with Arduino, this kit contains all the basics. Just add an UNO and jump in!
Motor Control Shield
A motor control shield enables Arduino to control motors. This shield lets you drive two DC motors, controlling the speed and direction of each one independently, with each channel supplying 2A.
If you need larger motors, this shield lets you control one bi-directional DC motor or two uni-direction DC motors at a typical nominal current of 7A.
I/O Shield For Arduino
This versatile board adds 6 analog I/Os, 6 digital I/Os, and 6 relay outputs to Arduino.
ChronoDot Real Time Clock (RTC) Module
This highly accurate clock module drifts less than a minute a year, and works great for time critical projects that can't be synchronized to an external clock.