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makershield
MakerShield
$16.95 Product code MSMS01
makershed.com/makershield
User-definable components
Includes a potentiometer, button, and LEDs (2)
3.3V and 5V compliant
ICSP header in the same location as the Arduino boards
Power-filtering capacitors on 5V and 3.3V lines

If you aspire to do more than blink an LED with your new Arduino or Netduino, you need a prototyping shield that allows you to build a circuit. After listening to our readers and customers, we created a new kind of prototyping shield that supports the needs of noobs as well as advanced users. Introducing the MakerShield!

Unlike conventional prototyping shields, the MakerShield lets you create circuits the way you want, and easily change them without having to solder. All of the MakerShield’s major components and pins are user-assignable, allowing you to jump from any component header pin to any pin on the microcontroller. Make all the changes you want. Just jump and go!

The MakerShield’s potentiometer lets you switch between 5V or 3.3V signals, so the growing numbers of Netduino users can use MakerShield, too.

Being able to change the pins connected to the onboard LEDs, button, and potentiometer allows beginners to learn Arduino software with ease, while more advanced users will appreciate the convenience of the onboard components, the incredible flexibility, and the ability to stack another shield on top — the MakerShield uses stackable header pins and retains the original ICSP pin locations of the Arduino.

We invite you to check out the new MakerShield Kit in the Maker Shed store today!

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Dan Woods

Dan is CEO of TechShop, Inc. Before joining the team, he spent nine years at O'Reilly Media and was the co-founder of Make: Magazine, which focuses on how-to projects for makers. In this role, Dan oversaw marketing, media relations, circulation development, community outreach, and sales for the magazine. He helped establish Make: as the premier media group and voice of the DIY market. He also conceived and launched the Maker Shed store, growing it to one of Make:'s most important assets. Dan has a BS in Aeronautics from San Jose State University and studied business administration at Santa Clara University's Graduate School of Business.

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