Getting Started with the MyoWare® 2.0 Muscle Sensor Ecosystem

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Contributors: QCPete, bboyho
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New Features

The MyoWare 2.0 ecosystem builds upon the previous muscle sensor designs. The major changes to the ecosystem include:

  • Updated Circuitry - The MyoWare 2.0 Muscle Sensor has been redesigned from the ground up! The circuitry is updated with the latest and greatest chipset improving sensor performance and reliability.
  • Innovative Snap Connector System - The built-in male and female snap connectors on the sensor and its shields eliminates the need to solder connections! Topside connectors link the shields to the power and the EMG envelope output of the sensor. Bottom side link to the input electrodes for the Cable Shield.
  • Compact - The snap connectors also allow for a lower profile when stacking shields to the MyoWare 2.0 Muscle Sensor.
  • Keyed - The ground and reference snap connectors on the boards are slightly offset and designed to be "keyed." Since the muscle sensor and shields are keyed, there's only one way to connect the boards together!
  • New Shields - The MyoWare 2.0 Link and Arduino Shields were designed to easily connect up to six MyoWare 2.0 Muscle Sensors to a development board with the Arduino Uno R3 footprint. This also eliminates the need to solder connections when connecting the muscle sensors to an Arduino. You'll just need one TRS-to-TRS cable for each muscle sensor.
  • MyoWare Power Shield - The previous version of the Power Shield used coin cell batteries. The updated MyoWare 2.0 Power Shield includes a built-in rechargeable LiPo battery.
  • MyoWare Proto Shield (Depreciated) - With a solderless system in mind, the MyoWare Proto Shield is depreciated in the MyoWare 2.0 ecosystem.
V1 and V2 Shields Stacked for Comparision Shield Incorrectly Stacked
V1 and V2 Shields Stacked for Comparision Keyed Connectors Prevent Incorrect Stacking of Boards