The bus pirate Arduino shield is a discontinued item from Dangerous Prototypes. I picked up the PCB via a free PCB coupon a while back, built it a few months later, and then finally decided to use it because I think I have something to use it with. Note the key word - think. This is what happens when a traffic engineer plays with electronics.

The shield was not easy to get started with, mostly because I had to look (and look, and look) for source. I finally found it on Toby Jaffey's Github Page. Once I loaded it, I found that connecting with Tera Term (and likely any terminal emulator) on that COM port using 19200 baud 8N1 no flow control worked and I was able to play around doing things like:

>led 1 (turns the mode LED on)

>led 3 (turns the mode LED to a fast blink)

led appears to be 0-6, with 0=off, 6=on, and 1-5 are blink rates, slow to fast.

help and version are pretty self-explanatory.

Stay tuned for more, but in the meantime, here's a picture of the setup.

The Bus Pirate Arduino Shield is the shield sitting on top of the Arduino in the background.  The item in front is the Bus Pirate Demo Board that I'm using to test the shield.  There are a few joints that I missed soldering and there are a few missing capacitors.

The Bus Pirate Arduino Shield is the shield sitting on top of the Arduino in the background. The item in front is the Bus Pirate Demo Board that I'm using to test the shield. There are a few joints that I missed soldering and there are a few missing capacitors.

There's going to be a lot more to post as I start into this.  Incidentally, this is to assist with the Android App.

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Category: Arduino

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