The abundance of Arduino shields has made the Arduino platform a great way to learn electronics and rapidly build a product prototype. One of the challenges in such development is the number of shields that might be needed and their mutual compatibility. Ideally a shield which offered the capabilities of every single shield available would be the best shield available. That shield is almost here. The 1Sheeld makes all of the capabilities of an Android phone available on the Arduino platform, effectively making it the ultimate Arduino shield. The 1Sheeld has been a project since early 2013 and was a successful Kickstarter project in December of 2013. It should be available, baring and production slips, in the summer of 2014.
Developing a product quickly is a big challenge. The fastest way to develop anything is to only build what you absolutely have to and leverage development platforms and other systems to rapidly put together a basic working system before refining the design further.
One of the most valuable resources in designing a product are the engineers who work exclusively with each component you are using, application engineers. Application engineers built up an amazing level of knowledge and experience designing and troubleshooting their employers products for customers like you. Tap in to their knowledge to make your designs better the first time.
Component datasheets are one of the most important documents when designing a circuit. A datasheet will provide all of the critical information on how to use a component and what behavior you should expect from the component.