IR R3M0C0N 2v14J: Multi-Purpose Arduino Shield with IR

IR r3m0c0n shield 2v14j assembled onduino

The assembled shield pictured above is a general purpose mixed bag of hardware for rapid prototyping on the Arduino. This shield features a variety of handy hardware as follows:

  • Analog joystick (A0, A1) with center button (D4)
  • Two momentary push buttons (D7, D8)
  • Analog microphone and preamp (A2)
  • Analog light sensor (A3)
  • 5mm RGB LED on PWM pins (D5, D6, D9)
  • Infrared Transmitter on PWM pin (D3)
  • 38kHz infrared demodualtor/receiver (D2)
  • Unused Arduino Pins (A4, A5, D10, D11, D12, D13)
  • Reset disable slide switch for IR Bootloader

The schematic illustrates the circuit and connections to the Arduino as well as the color codes for the resistors (click for large image):

IR R3M0C0N Arduino Shield 2v14J Schematic

And the PCB layout:

ir remcon layout 2v14J

Onward to the assembly:

INSTRUCTIONS

When assembling a circuit board, start with the shortest components first.
This way, when the board is turned over to solder, the parts rest on the table and don’t fall out.

1. RESISTORS

Bend each resistor before inserting them.  The resistors are marked with colored bands to indicate value. The value and color code for each resistor is in the chart. resistor bent
On the board – each resistor is labeled ‘R’ followed by a number.  The numbers increment in a pattern, starting at the top left of the circuit board.

Place all the resistors according to the guide below. Then, carefully flip the board over.

Resistor Footprint Symbol
Value Resistor Name Color Code
18 R R5 Brown Green Black
68 R R7, R8 Blue Green Black
120 R R10, R11 Brown Red Brown
510 R R3, R4 Green Brown Brown
5k1 R2 Green Brown Orange
10k R1, R9 Brown Black Orange
330k R6 Orange Orange Yellow
 Solder each resistor in place and then trim off the extra bits.

2. CERAMIC CAPACITORS

All the ceramic capacitors are 0.1uF.  The capacitor symbol on the circuit board looks like this, with incrementing numbers.
NOTE: C2 IS NOT A CERAMIC CAPACITOR & HAS A DIFFERENT FOOTPRINT.
 Capacitor Footprint Symbol
The 0.1uF ceramic capacitors are labeled ‘104’ which means 10 + 4 zeros pF.  Sometimes they are yellow, sometimes they are blue.
(p = pico, u = micro, m = milli, n = nano)
 capacitor 104
Carefully flip the board over. Solder each capacitor in place, and then trim off the extra bits.

3. ELECTROLYTIC CAPACITOR

There is only 1 electrolytic capacitor which is C2.
Note – The white stripe indicates negative.
electro cap
On the footprint, the white half circle marks the negative terminal. The shorter leg of the capacitor goes in the negative terminal.

Place C2, flip & solder, then trim the leads.

electro cap footprint c2

4. LIGHT SENSOR

The light sensor is a light dependent variable resistor. This item has no polarity, ie. it doesn’t matter which pin goes in which hole. It looks like this. light sensor
The footprint symbol on the circuit board looks like this. Put it in, flip it over, solder and trim!  Light Sensor Footprint Symbol

5. TRANSISTORS

The transistor is a switch.  This part is a BC548, a small signal NPN transistor. There are 2 of them in the circuit. transistor
The shape of the body determines how it fits.  Match the round and flat edges to the footprint on the circuit board. Place, flip, solder, trim. Transistor footprint

6. MICROPHONE

The microphone is an electret type used to sense sense sound. microphone
The footprint looks like this, with two offset pins that determine it’s fit. Place, flip, solder, trim. Microphone footprint

7. SWITCH

This part is the slide switch to disable reset. It doesn’t matter which way it fits. switch slide
 The footprint is at the bottom left and marked “RSTDSB->” and looks kinda like this. Place, flip, solder, trim.  switch slide footprint nolbl

8. INFRARED LEDs

There are two infrared LEDs on the circuit board. They are used to communicate with other IR shields or with a TV. LEDs are polarized, the long leg is positive. Inside the LED the anvil shape is typically negative. Sometimes the IR LED has a darker plastic body, sometimes it is clear. LED
The footprint looks like this and like the LED, has a flat edge to indicate negative. Place, flip, solder, trim.  LED laydown footprint

9. INFRARED DEMODULATOR

This is the receiver for infrared remote signals, it contains some demodulation circuitry and a window filter around 38Khz. The part number is VS1838B. IR Demod
The footprint is designed to accept different models. For this PCB occupy only the side nearest IR LEDs as indicated by the RED bar, which has the ground pin in the center (Also refer to the picture of the assembled shield at the top of the page). Place, flip, solder, trim.

SPECIAL NOTE: When soldering the demodulator, don’t dwell as too much heat can damage it.

IR Demod multi indicated footprint

10 RGB LED

The RGB LED is common cathode, the negative pin is common. It has four leads that will need to be bent in alternating directions to fit the PCB.  rgb led pic
It’s footprint looks like this. Be careful of the orientation, match up the flat side of the LED with the flat side of the PCB footprint. Also, the long lead is negative, it’s hole is marked with a square on the PCB. Place, flip, solder & trim.  RGB LED footprint

11. BUTTONS

The button is a simple 4 legged animal, it snaps in place any which way it fits. There are two of them, one with a blue hat and one with a red hat.  button 12mm with red hat pic
It’s footprint looks like this. Place, flip, solder & trim.  button 12mm footprint

12. JOYSTICK

The joystick is a composite part containing two potentiometers, a button and some mechanical components.  joystick xbox pic
It’s footprint looks like this. Make sure the pins are not bent going in. Place, flip, solder & trim.  joystick xbox footprint

13. PIN HEADER

There are four pieces of single row pin header, two pieces are 1×8 and the other two pieces are 1×6.  pinheader single yellow pic
It’s footprint looks like this. Use the outside holes, closest to the edge of the PCB, the inside row is extra for hacking. Place, flip, solder, no need to trim.  pin header footprint

LIBRARIES & SKETCHES

IR REMOTE LIBRARY  Ken Shirriff’s excellent Multi-Protocol Infrared Remote library for the Arduino
 PinChangeInt LIBRARY  Library to setup buttons as Interrupts
 BasicSketch  Starting point sketch with the pin names and setup.

One Response to “IR R3M0C0N 2v14J: Multi-Purpose Arduino Shield with IR

  • Can I have the Design of the Shield? As a PDF in the correct size? And the Software? Have I understand correct that I can Control my RGB IR Strip with that? Thanks!

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