The Arduino development board has grown in popularity over the last few years and has spawned a myriad of interesting projects such as auto-lacing shoes, The EyeWriter 2.0, and the Mobile Dance Stage. While there are tons of projects that can be found on the Internet, we will focus on a handful of inventive, smart, and useful Arduino-based projects on Kickstarter that are looking for crowdfunding to make them a reality.
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First up is Matt Wirth’s Starter Shield for the Arduino, which teaches those new to the world of development boards how to program sensors and other components in order to create their own interesting projects. Users will learn how to program the I/O headers of a microcontroller without the need for wiring, soldering, or assembling intricate parts, however Matt plans on releasing an optional kit for those that want to do so. The shield will come with an array of components to get users started, including multiple LEDs, temp/light sensors, potentiometer and digital/analog push buttons. He even provides lessons on how to program those components, making it easy for beginners to start making their own unique creations.
The IoT and home automation undoubtedly go hand in hand and while there are kits (SmartThings, Insteon, Nexia, etc.) available that can automate homes, they tend to be limited in function and costly. Team IoT’s relay solution isn’t limited to home automation as it makes use of an Arduino (or other dev boards), allowing users to create any number of IoT projects such as an automated feeder for fish tanks. The IoT Relay features four outlets to connect any number of devices and has a universal voltage control (3.3V to 60VDC or 12-120VAC) with a thermal circuit breaker, allowing users to control power safely without damaging their devices. The best part is that it only costs $20, however it doesn’t come with an Arduino so users will have to supply their own.