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Universal Proto-Shield connects your Arduino boards

Created by Max & Duane Galactic Enterprises, the Universal Screw-Block Proto-Shield System for Arduino is designed to securely connect various Atmel-based Arduino boards to the outside world.

Supported boards currently include the Uno, Due, Leonardo and Mega.

“The great thing about Arduino boards is that they are so easy to interface to the outside world – to monitor the state of sensors and to control actuators and make things happen. As part of this, you often need to add a few components or circuits of your own, and the best way to do this is by means of a prototyping (proto) shield,” a company rep explained in a recent Kickstarter post.

“Unfortunately, most proto-shields don’t make it particularly easy to actually connect wires to and from the outside world. The Universal Screw-Block Proto-Shield System for Arduino (and chipKIT counterparts) addresses this issue by means of its easy-to-use screw-block terminals.”

Indeed, the platform features two boards as shown below. More specifically, the Master Board on the left works with Arduino Uno and Leonardo, with the Due and Mega requiring the Expansion Board on the right.

“If you are anything like us, you will have a number of Arduino-based projects on the go at the same time. Depending on your mood, you might start working on one, then swap over to another, and swap back again later. The real hassle comes when you have to unplug lots of external sensors and actuators and other devices,” the rep added.

“This is where the Universal Screw-Block Proto-Shield System for Arduino is worth its weight in gold. If you create each project on its own Proto-Shield, then you can use a single Arduino – all you have to do is quickly and easily swap your Proto-Shields in and out… [In addition], the Universal Screw-Block Proto-Shield System for Arduino allows I2C-based Uno shields to work with the other types of Arduino.”

Interested in learning more? You can check out the project’s official Kickstarter page here.