SparkFun Vernier Interface Shield

This is the SparkFun Vernier Interface Shield, a simple add-on to give your Arduino the capability to interface with Vernier sensors. Attached to this interface shield are four British Telecom sockets (2 Analog, 2 Digital) which all Vernier sensors use as connectors. Like any other shield, simply attach it to an Arduino development platform. This shield was developed to be used with the Arduino Uno platform but will still work with other Uno equivalents like the Leonardo or SparkFun RedBoard.

Vernier Software and Technology has been a leader in data collection and analysis for educators world-wide. They were amongst the first companies to design and promote the use of computers, sensors, and data collection in K-12 classroom laboratory experiments.

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  • liudr / about 10 years ago / 2

    Typical SPE design: headers are used upside down and right side up or whichever is the default way they found them. All digital pins and power row are from pins1 - pinx and then analog pins are from pin 6 - pin 1. Same for SPE MEGA proto shields. I made the mistake of using it as a template for my design. At least one of the headers was upside down. Made some coasters.

  • Member #185737 / about 10 years ago / 1

    Does anyone know if this shield can be used to read data from the Vernier Optical DO probe:

    Vernier does not seem to publish any protocol for talking to the sensor and I didn't see any code specifically meant for this sensor on Vernier's github page:

    I've been looking for a low cost temp/pressure compensated optical DO probe for a while so this would be awesome if it worked.

  • georgekhut / about 10 years ago / 1

    Can anyone confirm if this will work with Vernier's Wireless Hand Grip Heart Rate monitor?

    That comes with a special wireless receiver that usually connects with other Vernier interafaces like GoLink etc. via BT connector

    • stephan schulz / about 9 years ago / 1

      have you ever succeeded to pull data from the wireless heart rate sensor?

    • It should work. We have not tested it with this sensor before, though. Please let us know if you have problems with it. The newer sensors all store their calibration data on the sensors and send the data to the Arduino by an I2C interface. The AutoID example should work. I also recently discovered PLX-DAQ as a tool designed by Parallax for pulling Serial data directly into excel. We're working up some documentation / examples using it with this shield.

  • bubbab / about 10 years ago / 1

    Why no female headers?? I've been using Vernier sensors in my classes for a couple of years now. Most of my students have been using Vernier tech since middle school, so it makes a great intro to our design and analysis class. I call it the "Demystifying the Black Box" lesson. But we need access to the headers!

    • Our PCB manufacturing process favors using SMD components over plated through hole components using a pick & place machine. Ultimately, we wanted to provide a shield that did not require teachers to do any soldering... We are in the process of adding a selective soldering machine ( that may allow us to add the female stack-able header to this design. The vias for the analog inputs (A0 - A5) were supposed to be exposed, but there is a paint layer that can be scratched away if you want to give students an opportunity to put a multimeter to these.

      We're excited that you are leading the way in "demystifying" electronics in your class. Please let us know how you end up using the board in your classroom. We have been very lucky to partner and collaborate with Vernier in the design of this board. A quickstart guide will be released soon. Stay tuned!

      • salsa / about 10 years ago / 1

        I think @bubbab is asking for a set of .1" header PTH's for each jack.

  • Myself / about 10 years ago / 1

    For anyone wanting a view inside the connector:

    Oh, and Sparkfun's is a better deal, too. :)

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