Sunday, March 13, 2011

Feature Friday: 2 New Editor Previews

Our second consecutive Feature Friday release is here!  We have two new editor previews, featuring first—the Modkit MotoProto Shield, and making a return from the alpha editor—the configurable Arduino Development Board (Uno and Duemilanove and compatible).

The Modkit MotoProto Shield for Arduino makes it easy to connect up to 4 sensors and control two DC motors as well as a 16X2 character LCD (LCD Blocks coming soon). You can find out more, and if you don't have one already, you can order one now from Sparkfun.

I know a lot of you have been clamoring for this part, and here it is in all it's configurable greatness.
Features include:
  • Graphically configurable pin modes (Set as output, input, and input with internal pull up resistor)
  • Re-nameable pins (Renamed pins show up in associated blocks, so no more trying to remember if your button is connected to pin6 or pin7)
  • Use "Analog In" pins as digital pins for those projects where you just need one more pin ;)
It's actually now Sunday, but we started the release on Thursday, so we'll call it a Feature Friday anyway.  Stay tuned.  We should have more features coming this Friday.


  1. Progress. Thank you.
    For those who need a little background information on pin configuration, you can find some of it at:

    On a different topic: In the related products list at Sparkfun for the MotoProto Shield, they list motors, audio cable, and PicoBoard but no LCD. Is the LCD for SIK the best choice for getting started: ?

  2. Hi SC,

    You wouldn't need the trim pot since it is already on the shield so you could go with a slightly cheaper one(if only by a dollar).

    They usually have some cool colors but they seem to be out of stock. Here is one that's in stock:


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