USB Host Shield 2.0 for Arduino
Ships first week of December
This is revision 2.0 of USB Host Shield. Thanks to new interface layout it is now compatible with more Arduinos - not only UNO and Duemilanove, but also big Mega and Mega 2560 work with Standard variant of this shield out of the box. No more SPI re-wiring and code modifications - just solder included stackable connectors (2x3 ICSP connector's female side should be facing down), plug and play!
This shield is shipped as a kit, containing populated and tested board plus a set of stackable headers, which you need to solder on the board. Fully assembled shield is also available.
This shield will work with standard (dual 5/3.3V) and 3.3V-only (for example, Arduino Pro) boards.
Arduino clones with standard connector layout, including ICSP connector, should work, however only BlackWidow has been tested so far.
If your Arduino clone doesn't follow classic layout, take a look at previous revision of the shield.
The following device classes are currently supported by the shield:
- HID devices, such as keyboards, mice, joysticks, etc.
- game controllers - Sony PS3, Nintendo Wii, Xbox360
- USB to serial converters - FTDI, PL-2303, ACM, as well as certain cell phones and GPS receivers
- ADK-capable Android phones and tables
- Digital cameras - Canon EOS, Powershot, Nikon DSLRs and P&S, as well as generic PTP
- Mass storage devices, such as USB sticks, memory card readers, external hard drives
- Bluetooth dongles
Support for more devices is currently in development.
The shield is shipped from the United States.
If you live in Europe, there are two places that distribute it. First, this board is distributed by lipoly.de. Check them out - for Europeans, shipping time (and possibly shipping price) should be much better!
Second, the TKJ Electronics carries them as well. They also offer header soldering service for a small fee. They're also a major contributor to the USB Host library - check their blog often!
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