1sheeld Lets You Do Almost Everything With Arduino Using A Smartphone, Gets 4 Times Its Funding Goal On KickStarter In 6 Days
Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It’s intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments.
The problem with Arduino that it needs accessories to be added to it called “shields”, and those shields are expensive wifi shield cost around $50 GPS another $50 and the list goes on.
That’s where Integreight’s 1sheeld comes to rescue, .1Sheeld is a new easily configured shield for Arduino. It is connected to a mobile app that allow the usage of all of Android smartphones’ capabilities such as LCD Screen, Gyroscope, Switches, LEDs, Accelerometer, Magnetometer, GSM, Wi-Fi, GPS …etc. into your Arduino sketch.
Basically, the product consists of two parts. The first part is a shield that is physically connected to your Arduino board and acts as a wireless middle-man, piping data between Arduino and any Android smartphone via Bluetooth. The second part is a software platform and app on Android smartphones that manages the communication between our shield and your smartphone and let your choose between different available shields.
By doing that, you can use 1Sheeld as input or output from Arduino and make use of all of the sensors and peripherals already available on your Android smartphone instead of buying the actual shields. You can use it to control an RC car using the phone’s gyroscope, or even tweet when someone enters the room!
From the kickstarter campaign:
How does it work?
Simply write your sketch using our own library and upload it to Arduino, physically connect 1Sheeld to Arduino, pair it with your Android smartphone, and you are good to go! Open our app and select the shields you want to use and power your Arduino sketches with the huge capabilities of your Android device
Integreight is planning to open up the platform to outside developers in time, allowing them to add new shields of their own.
The team behind 1sheeld 5 days ago launched their Kickstarter campaign this morning, hoping to raise $10,000. They reached the goal less than 6 hours and now after 6 days they reached around 50,000 pledgees. (still 24 more days for the campaign to end.)
Integreight is a 8 members team hardware startup from Egypt, they got investment from Flat6labs and Cairo angles, they recently demos at Disrupt Europe after being voted as an audience choice.
The startup could have easily reached $100,000 goal on Kickstarter if they setup that before they launched, seems they aimed to the safe side by choosing $10,000.
• Uses a standard HC-06 Bluetooth adapter (Bluetooth 2.1)
• Range up to 30 feet
• Running on an Atmel ATMega162
• 16 MHz operating frequency
• Communicate with Arduino using UART