A look at the Easy module shield for Arduino

Another shield that I recommend for beginners is the Easy module shield, you can see it in the images below. It is very similar to the open smart rich shield but because the open smart has a 7 segment display that makes it more useful in my book. This is still a very useful shield though.

pinout
pinout

and now the schematic, this is in our github link later on

schematic
schematic

First of all we will look at the various features of this shield

The shield has 2 buttons, 2 LEDs – one red one and 1 blue one, 1 RGB led, 1 DHT11 temperature and humidity sensor, 1 potentiometer, 1 buzzer, 1 LM35 temperature sensor, 1 LDR and1 Infrared reciever.

There are various connectors for connecting external devices – there is an I2C connector, RS232 connector and also pins D7, D8 and A3 come out to external headers so these can be used for other purposes

Lets look at a couple of code examples

Temperature sensor comparison

This example will compare the DHT11 and LM35 temperature values – it needs the SimpleDHT library

#include <SimpleDHT.h>
 
int pinDHT11 = 4;
float tempC;
int tempPin = 2;
byte temperature = 0;
byte humidity = 0;
SimpleDHT11 dht11;
 
void setup() 
{
  Serial.begin(9600);
}
 
void loop() 
{
 
  tempC = analogRead(tempPin);           //read the value from the sensor
  tempC = (5.0 * tempC * 100.0)/1024.0;  //convert the analog data to temperature
  if (dht11.read(pinDHT11, &temperature, &humidity, NULL)) 
  {
    Serial.print("Read DHT11 failed.");
    return;
  }
  Serial.print("DHT11 - ");
  Serial.print((int)temperature); 
  Serial.print(" *C, ");
  Serial.print("LM35 - "); 
  Serial.print((byte)tempC);
  Serial.println(" *C");
  delay(1000);
}

RGB led example

Just a simple example for the RGB led

#define redLed 9
#define greenLed 10
#define blueLed 11
 
void setup()
{
 
  pinMode(redLed, OUTPUT);
  pinMode(greenLed, OUTPUT);
  pinMode(blueLed, OUTPUT);  
}
 
void loop()
{
  for (int i=0; i <= 255; i++)
  {
    setColor(i, 0, 0);  // red
    delay(10);
  }
}
 
void setColor(int red, int green, int blue)
{
  analogWrite(redLed, red);
  analogWrite(greenLed, green);
  analogWrite(blueLed, blue);  
}

We have more examples at our github repo

GITHUB LINK

A very low cost shield this one, under $2 for this one

keyestudio Multi-purpose Shield V1 for arduino starter – $1.23

Summary

Another useful shield for learning arduino development, I prefer the Open smart rich shield but this one does come in a couple of dollars cheaper so if you are on a tight budget you may want to consider this one.