Arduino

  • Introducing some New KitsJuly 28, 2015

    As you probably know by now, we released a new version of our website a few weeks ago. Apart from the visual aspect (we hope you're enjoying it), we have seized the opportunity to focus on technical education. Read about it here.

    This means a lot of new kits and tutorials for Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Waspmote and Intel Galileo. Now we would like to tell you a little bit more in detail about our new kits.

    Our best shields and modules for Arduino, Raspberry Pi and Galileo have now their own kit. For instance, there's a Bluetooth Kit for the Bluetooth module Pro, a Tracking Kit for the GPRS+GPS Quadband Module or the Extreme Range Connectivity Kit for the LoRa module (868MHz/900MHz).

    3G+GPS Mobile Kit

    HVAC & TV Infrared Control Kit

    3G+GPS Mobile Kit (left) & HVAC & TV Infrared Control Kit (right)

    We have completely rearranged our idea of kits and included everything you need in a kit to develop full applications. Apart from the shield itself and some components, every kit contains a few accessories to be used with the shield: as you can see in the image above, the 3G+GPS Mobile Kit comes with GPS and 4G antennas, a thin speaker, an internal speaker, a microphone and a 2MP videocamera.

    In addition to all these new kits we have classified them by Platform, User Level and Category, so you can quickly find the right kit according to your experience, and depending on the field you want to work in.

    Customize Your Kit: Choose Your Platform

    Apart from having put together all these new kits, we also give you the chance to choose the platform you want to work with: Arduino, Raspberry Pi or Intel Galileo. Obviously, if you already have any of these boards and you just want to buy a kit with no platform it's fine.

    As you can see, we tried to supply in this platforms everything you need to program and power these boards, so you can start working right away without having to buy additional items.

    Arduino Platform

    Raspberry Pi Platform

    Arduino (left) & Raspberry Pi (right) Platforms. Include one of them in your Kit

    Starter Kit

    The Starter Kit has been upgraded and now has a few more components than it used to. Apart from a bunch of resistors and jumper cables, you can find some other basic components like push buttons (4x), potentiometers (2x),a piezo speaker or a breadboard.

    There's also some LEDs (red, green and RGB), sensors (LDR and Temperature), a transistor and a 9V to barrel jack adapter.

    New Starter Kit

    Additionally, we have included a Micro Servo, a Hobby Motor and an LCD screen. These items open a whole new world of applications for your projects: the LCD will allow you to visualize any data from the sensors, and the Motor and Micro Servo, along with the accessories, will provide you with tools for controlling any moving part of your project.

    You can buy this kit separately, but we thought it would be a good idea to have all the items of the Starter Kit in the rest of the kits. This way, if you buy any of them, like the Smart Cards Kit (NFC/RFID 13.56MHz), you will find everything from the Starter Kit in it, so you can make a specific application but with all these common and useful items.

    If you want to check everything you can accomplish with these new kits take a look at the tutorials we have prepared.

    Learning Kit

    The Learning kit is the first step for beginners in the Arduino world. Just like the rest of the kits you can buy it with or without the Arduino platform.

    Similar to the Starter Kit, it contains fairly common components like resistors, LEDs, an LCD display or some push buttons. The difference is that the shield comes unassembled, so you have to place and solder every component yourself (you will need extra tools).

    Learning Kit

    The idea is that you can learn step by step the basics of the through-hole soldering, and once the kit is assembled, you can program several applications to get started with Arduino, like controlling the LEDs with the buttons, displaying the temperature in the LCD or making a real life alarm clock.

    You can follow this detailed tutorial where we tell you how to prepare and solder the shield, download the libraries and complete every example.

    Robot Kit

    This one is also a brand new kit, and, as the Learning Kit, it is supposed to help you improve your soldering and programming skills. The Robot Kit contains everything you need to assemble your own tracked robot, small enough to qualify for Mini Sumo. It has two micro gear motors and a pair of silicone tracks. For detecting impacts and tracking orientation it has a 3-axis accelerometer, and an array of six infrared reflectance sensors enables line following and edge detection.

    Robot Kit

    The Robot is powered by 4 AA batteries and controlled with an Arduino Uno and a motor driver Zumo shield. This kit has its own tutorial where we explain what you need and how to solder and configure the robot. You can find libraries that will make it a little bit easier to control the robot and a few examples to get started, like a border detector, RC robot or a line follower.

    And there's more to come!

    We hope you like our new or upgraded Kits, and find them useful. Stay tuned to know more about our new kits: more to come in this blog. In the meantime, you can check a complete list of all our Kits here.

  • Cooking Hacks at the Sónar 2015June 23, 2015

    Cooking Hacks was part of the recent Sónar Festival 2015 in Barcelona. Sónar is a three-day long electronic music festival that was founded in 1994, and has since evolved into a multi-themed event that includes all kind of artistic performances and multimedia exhibitions, enhancing creativity and technology.

    It is divided into Sónar by Day and Sónar by Night and, unlike most summer festivals, it does not take place in a field. Sónar by Day is located in the city centre (Fira Montjuïc), and apart from concerts and dj's it hosts showcases and expositions, and the Sónar+D, an international conference focused on creativity and technology, and the digital transformation of the cultural industries involved. It gathers not only artists but entrepreneurs, researchers and companies seeking to integrate music, technology and business.

    Watch below the intro video for the Sónar+D.

    Sónar by Night is located at Fira Gran Via de L'Hospitalet, far away from the city centre, with most part of the live shows and dj sets until late at night.

    Libelium attended Sónar with "Sensors for the Next Generation of Artists", a demo of some of our products and the projects explained below, and participated in the "European Commission: Open Digital Science and Art Workshop", which featured representatives from principal institutions involved in research, art, technology and culture.

    Zero Calories Can Dispenser

    So this is what we brought to the table. This project is a mind controlled fridge, so you can get a cool drink without physical interaction. A mindwave sensor measures brainwave signals and monitors the attention level of the user. This sensor uses the Bluetooth module PRO from CH to send the data to an Arduino Uno board.

    Zero Calories Can Dispenser 1

    Zero Calories Can Dispenser 2

    Zero Calories Can Dispenser

    The Can Dispenser is controlled with the Arduino Uno, which collects the data from the Mindwave and displays your concentration levels in an LCD screen and an analogic gauge meter. So all this means that when you concentrate hard enough you get your drink: Inside the covering there is a thermoelectric cooling that uses the Peltier effect together with a fan to create a flow of fresh air.

    Partymeter

    This application could turn out to be really useful in a festival like this one. Build once again around an Arduino Uno, it is actually a portable medical station for measuring Galvanic Skin Response (sweating) and Pulse and Oxygen in Blood (SPO2):

    • Galvanic Skin Response Sensor (GSR - Sweating): Skin conductance, also known as Galvanic Skin Response (GSR) is a method of measuring the electrical conductance of the skin, which varies with its moisture level. Skin conductance is used as an indicator of psychological or physiological arousal.
    • Pulse and Oxygen in Blood Sensor (SPO2): Pulse oximetry is a noninvasive method of indicating the arterial saturation of functional hemoglobin. Oxygen saturation is defined as the measurement of the amount of Oxygen dissolved in blood, based on the detection of Hemoglobin and Deoxyhemoglobin.

    The Arduino Board reads the data from the sensors and sends it to the printer with our RS-232 Serial/Modbus Module. This module allows to connect console ports and special purpose equipment. So, in the end you will get a ticket from the printer with the measured levels and depending on them it automatically assigns you a party level: relaxed, normal, semi-altered, altered or super-altered.

    Partymeter 1

    Partymeter 2

    Partymeter

    The Partymeter makes use of the e-Health Sensor Shield, a board by Cooking Hacks that allows Arduino and Raspberry Pi users to perform biometric and medical applications where body monitoring is needed by using 9 different sensors.

    Radioactive Percussion

    Radioactive Percussion

    This project was developed by Cooking Hacks and it converts ambient radioactivity in a musical rhythm.

    It detects radiation with a Geiger-Müller tube, a type of particle detector that measures ionizing radiation. It is able to detect the emission of nuclear radiation, including alpha particles, beta particles and gamma rays.

    The Geiger Counter is integrated in the Radiation Sensor Board. This board is compatible with any tube that works in the range of 400V - 1000V and, in this case, is mounted on an Arduino Uno, but it is also compatible with Raspberry Pi and Intel Galileo.

    It has 5 LEDs and an LCD to indicate radiation levels and a piezo speaker that allows to hear the typical "chirp" in radioactivity counters.

    To quickly detect increases in radiation levels we use a Vaseline glass bead. This is a safe way to test your Geiger Counter: Vaseline glass contains a small amount of Uranium (less than 0.2%) so it is slightly radioactive but completely safe to handle.

    The Arduino and the Radiation Sensor Board are placed inside a covering, so put some Vaseline glass bead next to it and the music starts to play.

    We are very much looking forward to the next edition of this festival. We'll see you there!

  • Integrating the New Raspberry Pi 2 Model B with the Arduino Shields: 3G / GPRS / XBee / RFID / NFC / e-HealthMarch 11, 2015

    Last February Raspberry released their second generation Raspberry Pi 2 Model B to replace the Raspberry Pi 1 Model B+. We have been testing our Raspberry Pi to Arduino shields connection bridge for the past weeks to be sure it is fully compatible with the new model.

    Compared to the previous board its main features are:

    • A 900MHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 CPU (6X Faster)
    • 1GB RAM so you can run more powerful applications (512 Mb on the previous B+ board)
    • Same board layout and footprint as the Model B+ (40 GPIO), so any board or shield designed for it should be compatible
    • 4 x USB 2.0 sockets and MicroSD card socket for storage

    Our Raspberry Pi to Arduino shields connection bridge

    Our bridge board was developed to function as a link between Raspberry Pi and Arduino, making it possible to use any shield, board or module designed for Arduino in Raspberry Pi. With our bridge you can connect any analog or digital sensor using the Arduino pinout but taking full advantage of the new RaspberryPi 2 capabilities.

    Our Raspberry Pi to Arduino shields connection bridge

    At the same time we created the arduPi library in order to use the Arduino code in Raspberry. We have implemented conversion functions so you can control any I/O interface the same way as in Arduino: analog, digital, i2C, SPI, UART… An updated version of this library is available here (compatible with Raspberry Pi 2).

    It includes a socket so that you can connect any Arduino wireless module (XBee 802.15.4/XBee ZigBee, RFID, NFC, Bluetooth, Bluetooth Pro, WiFi). You can also connect any sensor with a precision of 16b through the integrated ADC or complex sensors through i2C and UART buses.

    The new Raspberry is powered via microUSB socket (+5V @ 2A) so it can meet higher current requirements than its predecessor. For example GPRS and 3G shields occasionally demand high current peaks and this new board can provide them easily.

    Testing our bridge with the new Raspberry Pi 2 model B

    Since the layout of the new model remains unchanged, with 40 GPIO and all of the connectors in the same place with the same functionality, our shield connects with it perfectly. We have been testing every Raspberry Pi tutorial on our website to ensure every functionality works fine and haven't noticed any kind of problem so we are pretty happy with the outcome.

    You can still use the same ARMv6 Raspbian on both Raspberry Pi 1 and 2, and because it has and ARMv7 processor, it can run the full range of ARM GNU/Linux distributions, including Snappy Ubuntu Core, as well as Microsoft Windows 10.

    A real application of the bridge: use our e-Health sensor platform with Raspberry Pi

    This connection bridge allows to use our e-Health sensor platform with Raspberry Pi. With the e-Health shield you can monitor up to ten different biometric and medical parameters and create applications where body monitoring is needed. The complete kit features ten different sensors: pulse, oxygen in blood (SPO2), airflow (breathing), body temperature, electrocardiogram (ECG), glucometer, galvanic skin response (GSR - sweating), blood pressure (sphygmomanometer), patient position (accelerometer) and muscle/eletromyography sensor (EMG).

    Use our e-Health sensor platform with Raspberry Pi

    Here you have some interesting cases:

    Our Raspberry Pi to Arduino Shields Connection Bridge works perfect with the new board (you can pre-order the new Raspberry Pi 2 Model B board here). You can purchase Raspberry Pi to Arduino Shields Connection Bridge here.

    You can also purchase our e-Health sensor platfom here.

  • 3 Open Source Projects Nominated - 4th Annual IoT AwardsJanuary 15, 2015

    e-Health, Open Garden and Open Aquarium nominated

    We are happy to announce that three Coocking Hacks projects have been nominated in the Best Open Source Project category, in the 4th Annual IoT Awards hosted by Postscapes.com.

    The Projects

    We think it is a good opportunity to make a quick overview of all of them in order to remind you, our fellow users, the main features and functionalities of such a good projects.

    e-Health

    The e-Health Sensor Shield V2.0 allows Arduino and Raspberry Pi users to monitor biometric and medical parameters and create applications where body monitoring is needed. The complete kit include up to 10 different sensors: pulse, oxygen in blood (SPO2), airflow (breathing), body temperature, electrocardiogram (ECG), glucometer, galvanic skin response (GSR - sweating), blood pressure (sphygmomanometer), patient position (accelerometer) and muscle/eletromyography sensor (EMG).

    Open Garden

    The Open Garden platform allows to control the state of the plants by sensing several parameters depending on the kit: Soil moisture (Indoor & Outdoor kits), Temperature + Humidity + Light (All kits), and Water sensors: pH, Conductivity, Temperature (Hydroponics kit). Three different kits are available, each ready for a specific kind of growing plant scenario: indoor (houses and greenhouses), outdoor (gardens and fields) and hydroponics (plants in water installations).

    Open Aquarium

    Open Aquarium helps you to take care of your fish by automating the control and maintenance tasks that take place in the fish tanks and ponds. Two different kits are available: Basic and Aquaponics, and many several extra accessories.

    We are very happy just for the recognition of being included in 2014 best Open Source projects category of these awards. We will continue in 2015 helping to the Maker Community to create different hacks, sharing new projects, products and ideas.

    We invite you to vote for these projects in these 2014 IoT Awards (clic above in each link). Just till 22th January.

    Thank you very much for your continuous support!

  • Christmas Shopping Last Days - We wish you a Maker-ry Christmas!December 11, 2014

    e-Health, Open Garden and Open Aquarium Kits 10% OFF. Just till 23th!

    We all know that sometimes is difficult to find the most suitable Christmas gifts for your family. That's why we have selected some kits and products that can help you to choose the perfect gift for any of the members of yours.

    Till next 23th December, e-Health, Open Garden and Open Aquarium Kits will be 10% OFF, 3D Printers 33% OFF and the rest of kits and Communication Shields 5% OFF.

    Check this infographic to know which of our products best fits every member of your family!

    Christmas Shopping Last Days - We wish you a Maker-ry Christmas!

    Check all our Christmas products sales here.

  • Send data at extreme long range using LoRa with Arduino, Raspberry Pi and Intel GalileoDecember 1, 2014

    What is LoRa?

    LoRa is a new, private and spread-spectrum modulation technique which allows sending data to extremely long ranges.

    You can use LoRa right now with Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and Intel Galileo. We have made libraries and examples for all of them.

    The SX1272 LoRa module can be connected along with the Multiprotocol Radio Shield to your Arduino or Intel Galileo, enabling transmissions with another SX1272 LoRa module. This wireless communication module is also compatible with Raspberry Pi through the connection bridge.

    RaspberryPi Arduino Multiprotocol SX1272

    The LoRa module works in both 868 and 900 MHz ISM bands, which makes it suitable for virtually any country. Those frequency bands are lower than the popular 2.4 GHz band, so path loss attenuation is better in LoRa. In addition, 868 and 900 MHz are bands with much fewer interference than the highly populated 2.4 GHz band. Besides, these low frequencies provide great penetration in possible materials (brick walls, trees, concrete), so these bands get less loss in the presence of obstacles than higher bands.

    The great performance of LoRa in terms of sensitivity, path loss and obstacle penetration, makes LoRa a disruptive technology enabling really long range links. This is specially important in urban scenarios, with very difficult transmission conditions. To sum up, LoRa can get long ranges in city deployments, so it reduces dramatically the size of the backbone network (repeaters, gateways or concentrators).

    Transmit data at distances of several miles

    Now you can transmit data at distances of several miles, even through buildings in urban environments, and over 20 miles in open spaces.

    LoRa at a glance

    sx1272 Module
    LoRa Key Features
    Module SX1272
    Dual Frequency Band 863-870 MHz (Europe)
    902-928 MHz (US)
    Transmission Power 25 mW
    Sensitivity -134 dBm
    Channels 8 (868MHz)
    13 (915MHz)
    Range LOS = 21km (13.4miles)
    NLOS = +2km (1.2miles)

    The tests

    We have performed long range tests, getting the awesome distance of 22 km (13.6 miles) in LOS configurations and +2km (1.2 miles) in urban scenarios (going through buildings). The margin in those conditions would allow even more distance (x2, x3), the only problem was to keep the line-of-sight condition.

    Modules and Documentation

    Check the complete list of kits and accessories of SX1272 LoRa module for Arduino, Raspberry Pi and Intel Galileo.

    You can also see here all the LoRa modules for Waspmote.

    Check all the LoRa's key features in this step-by-step tutorial.

  • Cyber Weekend 2014 Super Discounts Revealed!!November 26, 2014

    Superhuman Sales!

    We are pleased to announce Cyber Weekend 2014!

    This year Cyber Weekend will be held from next 28th November to 1st December. Just these four days our shop will let you buy with a Superhuman discount in the entire catalog.

    Cyber Weekend Super Human Discounts!

    From Black Friday to Cyber Monday 15% OFF!

    In particular, all products will be 15% OFF from Black Friday (28th November) to Cyber Monday (1st December).

    You can read here some curious historical information about Black Friday (28th November) and Cyber Monday (1st December).

    Be sure to mark these days on your calendar and set a reminder if you don't want to miss it!

    For more information and regular reminders, stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter channels.

  • Cyber Weekend 2014 arrives at Cooking Hacks!!November 11, 2014

    Superhuman Discounts!

    We are pleased to announce the Cyber Weekend from 28th November to 1th December. Along these four days, there will be special super-sales in our Shop for all products.

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    And Black Friday and Cyber Monday

    As usual, this weekend also includes Black Friday (28th November) and Cyber Monday (1th December).

    You will be able to apply a super discount coupon that lets you buy with a Superhuman discount in the entire catalog just this weekend.

    For more information, stay tuned in Facebook and Twitter. We will bring you special promotions and discounts soon!

    The complete information will be displayed soon, so don't forget to visit our blog in the next weeks for updates!

  • Comparing Waspmote VS Maker Boards and Sensors for Aquariums and GardensNovember 4, 2014

    In Cooking Hacks we have designed Open Garden and Open Aquarium, two Arduino based solutions for makers to control and measure garden and aquariums parameters, and to take care of these installations automating the maintenance tasks that take place in them, through wireless connectivity using Arduino Open Source API.

    In this post, we will compare the main differences between these open hardware solutions we provide in Cooking Hacks to monitor gardens and aquariums, and the Waspmote solutions provided by Libelium, Waspmote: Smart Agriculture and Smart Water. The idea is to help you to choose the platform that suits best your needs.

    We will start comparing water monitoring products.

    Smart Water VS Open Aquarium

    Smart Water wireless sensor platform simplify remote water quality monitoring. Equipped with multiple sensors that measure a dozen of the most relevant water quality parameters (Temperature, Conductivity, Dissolved Oxygen, pH, Oxidation-reduction potential, Turbidity and Dissolved Ions sensor probes available), Smart Water is the first water quality-sensing platform to feature autonomous nodes that connect to the Cloud for real-time water control. Their sensors are available for both Waspmote lines: Plug & Sense! – ready to deploy in final projects, and OEM – to be embedded in a third party product line.

    Plug & Sense! Smart Water

    Plug & Sense! Smart Water

    Waspmote Smart Water OEM Solution

    Waspmote Smart Water OEM Solution

    On the other hand, Open Aquarium is an Aquaponics Sensor Platform for makers, based on Arduino. It has been designed to help makers to take care of their aquariums, fish tanks and ponds, automating the maintenance tasks that take place in them, through wireless connectivity using Arduino Open Source API. Consists of two different and complementary kits: Basic and Aquaponics, and many several extra accessories.

    Open Aquarium Monitoring Arduino

    Smart Water VS Open Aquarium Comparative Table

    Key Features Smart Water Open Aquarium
    Intended for Companies, environmental consultancies, city councils and municipalities that need to monitor water conditions in rugged environments and hard-to-access locations - rivers, lakes, swimming pools, spas and the sea. Makers and individuals that want to control Aquariums, ponds and fish tanks.
    Applications - Water consumption, reducing water and electricity costs.
    - Potable water monitoring.
    - Chemical or water leakage detection.
    - Pollution levels control.
    - Corrosion and limescale deposits prevention.
    – Fish Tank Monitoring.
    - Maintenance task automation in fish tanks, ponds and aquariums.
    Sensing Interchangeable sensor probes that measure more than 12 chemical and physical water quality parameters such as pH, nitrates, dissolved ions, dissolved oxygen, conductivity (salinity), oxidation-reduction potential, turbidity, temperature, etc. 5 sensors available to measure the key parameters in the fish tank and to control the correct state such as temperature, pH, conductivity, level and water leakages.
    Actuators Smart Water focus on remote sensing and has no actuators available. 6 different actuators to automate tasks such as feed the fish, regulate water heating and cooling, activate pumps to change water or administer medicine, and control light intensity to simulate day and night cycles.
    Autonomy 10 years. Waspmote implements power saving mode. Solar panels may be added for continuous measuring. Open Aquarium must be powered by an external power supply (12V - 2A).
    Nodes Maintenance Smart Water nodes are ready to deploy out of the box and sensor probes can be recalibrated or changed in the field, with kits provided by Libelium. Open Aquarium is a DIY product and makers maintain and improve the installation. (Calibrated kits are also available).
    Connectivity Waspmote may use cellular (3G, GPRS, WCDMA) and long range 802.15.4/ZigBee/RF (2.4 GHz,868/900 MHz) connectivity to send information to the Cloud. It ensures real-time water control, even from sensor nodes situated in remote locations. The platform can send information using wireless interfaces such as Wi-Fi, GPRS and 3G.
    Price Smart Water is a customized product. Approximate price with similar components than Open Aquarium Basic Kit: 900€. Contact with Libelium commercial team for a customized proposal. Open Aquarium Basic Kit at 199€. Check our online shop - www.cooking-hacks.com
    Gateway Meshlium is the Linux GW for Waspmote and Plug & Sense! devices. It counts with 8GB of internal storage and allows to connect the information to many Cloud platforms such as Axeda, Thingworks, MQTT, Telefónica, etc. It counts with many connectivity options: ethernet, WiFi, 3G, ZigBee, etc. Data is sent from Open Aquarium to a laptop via an USB cable or via WiFi or GPRS to the Internet.
    Open Aquarium Basic Kit

    Open Aquarium Basic Kit

    Waspmote can accommodate solar panels that charge the battery to maintain autonomy

    Smar Water One Step Solar Panel Connection

    Smart Water Sensor Probes

    Smar Water One Step Probe Change

    Let's take now a closer look to the main differences between Libelium agriculture monitoring products.

    Smart Agriculture VS Open Garden

    Smart Agriculture platform can be used to monitor different environmental parameters related to agriculture such as temperature, humidity, soil temperature/humidity, weather station, leaf wetness and many other parameters. The monitoring of these parameters allows to minimize time and money as well as maximize agriculture results. The Smart Agriculture board enables control with a finer granularity than existing precision agriculture techniques. Our solution brings extreme precision to crop growing in, for example, vineyards and greenhouses, by enabling irrigation and climate control to be matched to local conditions.

    Plug & Sense! Smart Agriculture

    Plug & Sense! Smart Agriculture

    Waspmote Smart Agriculture OEM Solution

    Waspmote Smart Agriculture OEM Solution

    Open Garden is our Open Source hardware alternative to commercial home automation to remotely control indoor and outdoor plants. There are three different kits, each ready for a specific kind of growing plant scenario: indoor (houses and greenhouses), outdoor (gardens and fields) and hydroponics (plants in water installations). The kits include a suite of sensors form measuring parameters such as humidity, light, temperature, or soil moisture to monitor plants for optimal care wherever they are situated. The Hydroponics kit includes pH and conductivity probes. Its actuators can control irrigation, and activate lights and oxygen pumps.

    Cooking Hacks Open Garden

    Smart Agriculture VS Open Garden Comparative Table

    Key Features Smart Agriculture Open Garden
    Intended for Companies, environmental consultancies, city councils and municipalities that need to monitor fields, vineyards and greenhouses. Makers and individuals that want to control in-house gardens, small greenhouses, outdoor gardens and small fields, and also hydroponics - plants in water installations.
    Applications - Control micro-climate conditions to maximize crop quality and production.
    - Selective irrigation in dry zones to reduce the water resources required.
    - Study of weather conditions in fields to forecast ice formation, rain, drought, snow or wind changes.
    - Control of humidity and temperature levels to prevent fungus and other microbial contaminants.
    - Crop growth monitor.
    – Plants water needs control
    – Irrigating the plants and activating lights and oxygen pumps in hydroponics crops.
    Sensing Up to 14 environmental parameters to be monitored: air temperature, air humidity, soil temperature, soil moisture, leaf wetness, atmospheric pressure, solar PAR radiation, ultraviolet radiation, trunk/stem/fruit diameter, wind speed/direction and rainfall. Up to 7 different parameters: soil moisture, temperature, humidity, light... and has three water sensors: water pH, conductivity and temperature.
    Actuators Smart Agriculture focus on remote sensing and has no actuators available. Different types of actuators to modify the state of the plants: water pump, droppers for drip irrigation, electro valve, sprinklers, oxygen pump and growing light.
    Autonomy 10 years. Waspmote implements power saving mode. Solar panels may be added for continuous measuring. Open Garden must be powered by an external power supply (12V - 2A). The nodes are powered by a 2300 mAh battery that can be recharged using a solar panel. According to the frequency of the sensors measures, the durability of the battery can be up to 3 months.
    Nodes Maintenance Smart Agriculture nodes are ready to deploy out of the box and sensor probes can be recalibrated or changed in the field. Open Garden is a DIY product and makers maintain and improve the installation.
    Connectivity Waspmote may use cellular (3G, GPRS, WCDMA) and long range 802.15.4/ZigBee/RF (2.4 GHz,868/900 MHz) connectivity to send information to the Cloud. It ensures real-time water control, even from sensor nodes situated in remote locations. The platform can send information using wireless interfaces such as Wi-Fi, GPRS and 3G.
    Price Smart Agriculture is a customized product. Approximate price with similar components than Open Garden Indoor Kit: 800€. Contact with Libelium commercial team for a customized proposal. All of our Open Garden kits at 199€ each. Check our online shop - www.cooking-hacks.com
    Gateway Meshlium is the Linux GW for Waspmote and Plug & Sense! devices. It counts with 8GB of internal storage and allows to connect the information to many Cloud platforms such as Axeda, Thingworks, MQTT, Telefónica, etc. It counts with many connectivity options: ethernet, WiFi, 3G, ZigBee, etc. Data is sent from Open Garden to a laptop via an USB cable or via WiFi or GPRS to the Internet.

    For more information about Libelium Waspmote product lines:

    Plug & Sense! Smart Water

    Waspmote Plug & Sense!
    Smart Water model

    Plug & Sense! Smart Agriculture

    Waspmote Plug & Sense!
    Smart Agriculture model

    For more information about the Open Source platforms check the complete tutorials:

    Open Aquarium

    Open Aquarium

    Open Garden

    Open Garden

  • Trick or treat! 8 Amazing Halloween Hacks You Can Make With ArduinoOctober 28, 2014

    Welcome to Halloween week: these days, a lot of makers are sharing their Halloween hacks and tricks. This year, we are searching for some Halloween projects to showcase them in this post.

    In adition, we have an interesting proposal for all of you. If you send us your Halloween Hack or project (surely you are "cooking" some Halloween specific hack this week) we will send you a 10% promo discount code for your next purchase in Cooking Hacks online shop.

    Trick or treat! Your Halloween hack for a 10% discount!

    These are the Halloween Hacks we have found so far:

    Control your Halloween decoration using Arduino

    In this hack and tutorial, is explained how to control all your animated Halloween props with a single microcontroller (in this case, Arduino Uno). The way the hack is prepared, let you exactly choreograph how and when each prop will turn on an off, for a highly customizable trick!

    You can check this amazing choreography hacking Halloween props using Arduino Uno in Instructables and in Makezine.com.

    Arduino-powered Halloween flying saucer

    Only for the craziest about Halloween and UFOs... check this incredible DIY UFO project, installed in Andrew Wyatt’s home. This Halloween flying saucer is made out of cardboard, tape, tinfoil, 8mm diffused neopixels, and it's controlled by Arduino. Featured in Thegeekyglobe.com.

    Arduino Halloween thunderbolts and light­nings

    This hack built by Brian Enigma gen­er­ates ambi­ent light­ing, but also kicks in some sur­prise thun­der and light­ning at the push of a hid­den foot switch.

    And this is just one in a series of Halloween elec­tron­ics posts. You can check all of them here.

    And 5 videos that we showcased in past years

    Check some Halloween Arduino videos here:

    Remember! Trick or treat! Your Halloween hack for a 10% discount! Send us your project NOW!

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