Grove is a modular electronic platform for quick IOT prototyping. Every module has one function, such as touch sensing, creating audio effects, etc.. Just plug the modules in. No soldering required. This Grove - Starter Kit for Arduino is upgraded version of our Grove Starter Kit plus. We included more frequently encountered modules in this kit to support your concept buildup.
This kit is an upgrade to the Version 2.0 kit.
- Improved instructions and description for each Grove-Sensor.
- Grove-LED increased from three separate PCBA into a single board. Still providing three different colors of LEDs.
- Grove-Sound Sensor upgrade to V1.2; Grove-Temperature Sensor upgrade to the new SMD V1.1.
- Data line upgrade from 24AWG Grove Cable is 26 AWG Grove Cable, wire length is adjusted to the length of 200mm unified model.
- Now includes 10 Grove cables
- Screen upgrade for the Grove-LCD RGB with Backlight. New color screen!
Grove - Base Shield
First we start with the Grove base shield board. Grove - Base Shield is the new version of Electronic Brick Shield.The Basic Shield is compatible with Seeeduino v3.0 (168p and 328p), and Arduino UNO and Duemilanove. The are 16 Grove ports on the base shield, which can be divided into three different functional areas: digital ports(8),analog ports(4),I2C(4).
As photo shows there are have 8 digital ports, what are equivalent to digital pins 0 to through 9 on the Arduino Uno. Normally, they are used when reading a digital sensor that only outputs 0 or 1,or turning on or off an actuator.
On the left-hand side are four Grove ports for taking analog reading. Analog sensors can return readings ranging from 0 to 1023.Compared with digital sensors that only return 0 or 1, analog readings are more detailed and precise.
Below the digital ports are four I2C Grove ports. I2C is a low-speed bus protocol that transfers data via two wire : SCL and SDA . SCL is the clock line that synchronizes data transfer over the I2C bus, and SDA is data line.
For a detailed information on how to use your Grove – Base Shield , go here.
Grove - LCD RGB Backlight
This Grove enables you to set the color to whatever you like via the simple and concise Grove interface. It takes I2C as communication method with your microcontroller. So number of pins required for data exchange and backlight control shrinks from ~10 to 2, relieving IOs for other challenging tasks. Besides, Grove - LCD RGB Backlight supports user-defined characters.
This is a 16x2 LCD screen. It is capable of displaying two rows of sixteen-character texts, supporting languages including English and Japanese. Aside from the built-in languages, you can have custom characters. You can build unique characters by defining their display patterns. You can find an example of making a custom character here:
Grove – Relay
Relay is a useful tool to magnify your Arduino’s control ability! Feed the control signal through the Grove interface, and relay will control the open/close of the external circuit that connected to the screw terminals. The voltage of the external circuit can run up to 220V! So grab this relay and start some really tough projects!
Relay is an electronically controlled mechanical switch. The size of one varies according to its capability of carrying current. The bigger a relay (essentially just the plastic box part) is, the larger the current it can carry.
Please exercise great care when working with mains voltages – if in doubt contact a professional such as a licensed electrician for help.
Grove – Buzzer
This is a simple yet enjoyable Grove to use. The piezo can be connected to digital outputs, and will emit a tone when the output is high. Alternatively it can be connected to an analog pulse-width modulation output to generate various tones and effects.
How Piezo buzzer works? Usually there are two ceramic wafers in each Piezo buzzer. When voltages are given to them, they attract or reject each other. The air vibration caused by the shake of these wafers emits sound. When the shaking frequency changes the sound frequency will change alongside.
Grove - Sound Sensor
The Sound sensor module is a simple microphone. Based on the amplifier LM358 and the electret microphone, it can be used to detect the sound strength of the environment.
The electric microphone collects sound intensity for all frequencies. And the potentiometer acts as the doorman. When you rotate it completely clockwise, it lets everything go through, and when you rotate it completely counterclockwise, none of it can go through.
Grove - Touch Sensor
Grove - Touch Sensor enables you to replace press with touch. It can detect the change in capacitance when a finger is near by. That means no matter your finger directly touches the pad or just stays close to the pad, Grove - Touch Sensor would outputs HIGH.
This is an alternative to the momentary button .Grove – Touch Sensor detects the change in capacitance in the circular region; the closer you finger is to the region, the larger the change in capacitance. Even if there is paper between your finger and the sensor, it will still function reliable.
Grove - Rotary Angle Sensor
The potentiometer Grove produces analog output between 0 and VCC. The angular range is 300 degrees with a linear change in value. The resistance value is 10k ohms, perfect for Arduino use. This may also be known as a “rotary angle sensor”.
A rotary potentiometer looks very similar to a rotary encoder, but they are not the same. A Rotary potentiometer is essentially a slide potentiometer .It reflects the potion in an analog way just like a slide potentiometer does.
Grove – Temperature Sensor
Grove - Temperature Sensor uses a thermistor which returns the ambient temperature. Our board then converts this voltage value measured by an analog input pin to a temperature. The operating range is -40 to 125 degrees Celsius.
Grove – Temperature Sensor is used to detect environment temperature.
For a detailed information on how to use your Grove - Temperature Sensor,you can go to Grove - Temperature Sensor
Grove - LED
Grove - LED is designed for the beginners of Arduino/Seeeduino to monitor controls from digital ports. It can be mounted to the surface of your box or desk easily and used as pilot lamp for power or signal.
We prepare three colors of LED bulbs for you, you can get the color you want by changing the LED on the tiny Grove – LED Socket .LEDs have an cathode on the flat side of the bulb, and a anode on the round side of the bulb. The anode needs to be installed corresponding to the ‘+’ sign on the seat for the LED to work properly.
Grove - Light Sensor
The light sensor, also known as the light dependent resistor (LDR). Typically, the resistance of the light sensor will decrease when the ambient light intensity increases.
The output of the analog light sensor ranges from 0 to 1023, but the output is not linear with respect to the ambient light intensity.
Grove – Button
This new version of button Grove module contains one independent button, which are configured with pull-down resistor – ready for use with our microcontrollers as digital input. The button signals the SIG wire,NC is not used on this Grove module. Example
“Momentary” means the button rebounds after pressed .This button output HIGH when pressed, and LOW when released.
Grove - Servo
This is an actuator whose position can be precisely controlled.
Grove – Servo has mounting hardware options for different purposes: you can use them to drive a small fan, lift an object, or mimic a clock hand.