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  • Libelium launches The IoT Marketplace with fully integrated solutions for IoT and Smart CitiesFebruary 25, 2016

    The IoT Marketplace is a one-stop click-and-buy-store, offering complete Internet of Things solutions ready to deploy smart applications including hardware, software and cloud connection

    The IoT Marketplace

    Today, at the Mobile World Congress, Libelium has launched The IoT Marketplace, a one-stop click-and-buy online store that offers fully integrated solutions from hardware sensors to cloud applications to speed up IoT adoption. The IoT Marketplace features out-of-the-box IoT kits containing programmed sensor devices connected to specific Cloud applications for use in pilots or proof of concept projects in the minimum time to market.

    Element Blue, ESRI, IBM, Indra, IoTSens, Microsoft, TelefĂłnica, ThingPlus and Thingworx are the first partners to join The IoT Marketplace offering Cloud connection services with Libelium gateway and sensor devices. The first 15 IoT kits provide solutions for Smart Cities, Smart Agriculture, Smart Environment, Smart Water or Smart Parking and classify as Solution Kits, Application Development Kits and Vertical Kits. New IoT kits and applications will be added along 2016 with Libelium Cloud Partners network support.

    At the Mobile World Congress, Libelium is showing some of these kits featuring solutions in Smart Environment and Smart Cities together with ThingPlus, Thingworx, SmartISCity and Envirosuite.

    “The IoT Marketplace offers fully integrated solutions trying to prevent customers from getting lost while designing their IoT projects”, explains Alicia Asín, Libelium CEO. “The IoT Marketplace allows companies to try solutions and visualize how to scale them in a cost effective way”.

    Libelium IoT kit

    Until now, choosing the right hardware and the cloud components was a complex decision making process involving many stakeholders and extending the sales cycle. Accordingly to the IoT Frustration Survey, companies recognize that the hype and confusion, the implementation difficulties and the high cost of deployments are the main and biggest frustrations with the IoT. “The Internet of Things generates a lot of hype but the lack of integrated solutions from hardware to application level is a barrier for fast adoption. The IoT Marketplace is removing this barrier”, points out Asín.

    “IoT projects are challenging to define. Having something specific like a kit to start discussing with your customers avoids the effect of facing a blank page”, says Julio Lerena, Alliances Manager at ESRI. “Besides, our potential customers can test our software platform for a specific application fully integrated with sensors”, adds Lerena.

    For more information about the IoT kits visit The IoT Marketplace

  • Blood Pressure Sensor Back in StockFebruary 3, 2016


    e-Health Sensor Platform Kit V2.0

    e-Health Sensor Platform Kit V2.0
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    Maker, you are in luck! Our Blood Pressure Sensor, out of stock for a while, is now back. Finally we have received new units and they are in our warehouse ready to be served.

    This product are important a component of e-Health Sensor Platform Kit V2.0, which is one of the most demanded products and, until now, it were only available without this sensor. With the Blood Pressure Sensor, that allows the user to monitor the pressure of the blood against the arteries as the heart pumps, you will get complete track of your vital signs. Maybe you bought the kit without them. Do not miss the opportunity to complete your solution right now!

    Check the e-Health Sensor Platform tutorial to know their full capabilities and read about some real application examples:

  • Back in stock: Open Garden Shield for ArduinoFebruary 3, 2016


    Open Garden Hydroponics

    Open Garden Hydroponics
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    Our Open Garden Shield for Arduino, out of stock for a long time, have returned to Cooking Hacks storehouse.

    The Open Garden Shield for Arduino is an open source platform to remotely control your indoor and outdoor plants. It takes part of three different kits: the Open Garden Hydroponics, the Open Garden Outdoor (1 Node + 1 Gateway) and the Open Garden Indoor (1 Node + 1 Gateway), which were not available. All of them will be available and now is your opportunity to purchase the Open Garden kits.

    Check the Open Garden tutorial to know their full capabilities and read about this real application example: Open Garden Featured in a Connected Greenhouse Project.

  • Cooking Hacks reduces shipping fees. Get better prices!February 3, 2016


    From Cooking Hacks, we are always working to find the best and cost effective shipment way for our clients. This is part of our corporate philosophy. Therefore, we are glad to announce our shipping improvement.

    Basically, most of shipping fares have been reduced regardless of the destination country. Besides, if the delivery has a high weight, the fee has been reduced even more. Of course, we continue working with the same courier companies (TNT, DHL or UPS), ensuring the best delivery service.

    For example, if you buy one of our IoT Kits to be delivered to the USA, the shipping fee has been reduced up to 50%. In case of sending an e-Health Sensor Platform Kit V2.0 to Australia, the saving is around a 40%. In case of sending our Starter Kit to Thailand, you can save around 50%. The shipping dee to send an Open Garden Hydroponics kit to Russia is reduced almost the 50%.

    In case of deliveries to Spain, the shipping fee starts in 5€. It means a discount of two euros less than in 2015. Also remember our free shipping policy: all orders with subtotal above 150€ are free delivered in Spain.

    Finally, we have removed the Handling Fee, which was a 1% commission on the price, so it also contributes to reduce these fares to the maximum.

    If you want to check your estimated shipping fee, you can use our Estimate shipping and tax tool. For that, you only have to go to the downside of the your Shopping Cart and there you will find the form. Fill the fields with the requiered data: Country, State/Province and Zip/Postal Code. Finally click on Get a quote button and you will get the estimate shipping fee with its corresponding courier company.

    Estimate shipping and tax

    Take advantage of our new shipping fees and get Cooking Hacks products with cheaper prices.

    Read more information about our shipping policy and other related issues in the Cooking Hacks Costumer Service.

  • Will yo be my Valentine? - Wit ideas for your presentJanuary 25, 2016

    Will yo be my Valentine? - Wit ideas for your present

    Tracking Kit (GPRS+GPS)

    Tracking Kit (GPRS+GPS)
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    February is coming. Have you planned your Valentine´s day? Love is in the air. It is time to arrange romantic meetings and to buy the best present for your partner. We want to help you to be original and to find something moving. Valentine´s day is a long tradition and everybody is tired of traditional gifts.

    We have the solution. From Cooking Hacks we want to help you to celebrate this day suggesting you a technological and absolutely different present. Something that will amaze your partner. A smart Valentine´s present!

    The idea is to use our Tracking Kit to prepare a geo-catching box to put inside a present. This box will be closed with a lock programmed to be opened only in a specific coordinates, for example where you met your friend. Using the GPRS+GPS Quadband Module and the Internal GPS Antenna you can track these coordinates and when you will be in the place you have programmed, the box will open automatically, giving your partner an awesome surprise.

    From Cooking Hacks we want to reward romantic makers with a 10% discount. You just need to post a photo or video with an explanation of your project in our Facebook page and we will put in contact with you for giving the discount coupon.

    Take a look at the video below and our tutorials to find some interesting examples of what you can do with the Tracking Kit:

  • Smart Carnival Costumes - Customize it!January 25, 2016

    Smart Carnival Costumes - Customize it!

    Starter Kit

    Starter Kit
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    Carnival is a worldwide extended festivity. Rio de Janeiro, Venize, Tenerife, Notting Hill or Nize have a well known carnival celebrations. All of them are different but they have something in common and that cannot miss: to wear an amazing costume.

    There are so many costumes as you can imagine but, from Cooking Hacks, we want to suggest you something different. Have you think about design a smart costume? You can customize it with electronic components that will transform your costume in something unique and different and will make you the king of the party.

    In Cooking Hacks we have the perfect solution to prepare this amazing costume: the Starter Kit. You can decorate outfit with different components that contain this kit. Imagine all you can do. To control a servo motor, to emit light of colors with some RGB leds, to emit sounds with a piezo speaker or even to show messages with an LCD display. And, of course, the Starter Kit is fully compatible with Arduino, Raspberry Pi and Intel Galileo platforms.

    To motivate you to design a smart carnival costume, we want to give you a 10% discount on your next purchase. You only have to share a photo or a video and a text explaining your project in our Facebook page and we will put in contact with you for giving the discount coupon.

    Take a look at our tutorials to find some interesting examples of what you can do with the Starter Kit:

  • e-Health Sensor Platform Helps You to Fulfill Your New Year's ResolutionsJanuary 11, 2016

    So 2016 is already here, and we are sure you have all made plenty of New Year's resolutions, trying to become a better person and improve ourselves. But let's face it, we make too many resolutions, and sometimes we set ourselves unrealistic goals, whether is learning a new language, quit smoking, losing some weight or exercising more.

    Here at Cooking Hacks, we thought we could give you a hand to succeed in one of the most popular resolutions: stay healthy. You can start by doing something simple like walking, running a few minutes or riding your bicycle, and constantly checking your vital signs thanks to our e-Health Sensor Platform for Arduino and Rapsberry Pi.

    e-Health Sensor Platform

    The e-Health Sensor Platform was designed as a prototyping shield for investigation and a low cost medical sensor platform, and is compatible with Arduino and Raspberry Pi. It allows you to perform biometric and medical applications where body monitoring is needed, making use of 10 different sensors that read relevant vital signs that could help you when you exercise.

    For example, you can check your pulse and oxygen in blood with the SPO2 sensor, or monitoring your breathing with the Airflow Sensor. You can control your body temperature, and the Electrocardiogram Sensor will allow you to know the electrical and muscular functions of the heart. The Galvanic Skin Response Sensor will let you measure the electrical conductivity of your skin (your sweating) and the electrical activity of muscles can be monitored with the Electromyography Sensor (EMG).

    In addition, you can wirelessly upload your biometric data to the cloud thanks to any of the 6 connectivity options available: WiFi, Bluetooth, Zigbee, 802.15.4, GPRS and 3G. Besides you can also visualize your data in real time with GLCD, KST, Serial Console and even with a SmartPhone Application.

    Check the e-Health Sensor Platform tutorial to know the full capabilities of this biometric shield.

    Read about some real application examples of the e-Health Sensor Platform:

  • Free shipping orders only in January!January 11, 2016

    New Free shipping policy

    Maker, you are in luck! We know that Christmas is a period of shopping and expenses and, from Cooking Hacks, we want to get easy to beat the tough post-Christmas crunch. We have implemented a new free shipping policy since 11th January until 31st January.

    As you can remember, up to now, we were offering free shipping for orders with a subtotal above 150€ only in deliveries to Spain. Since 11th January until 31st January Cooking Hacks expands its free shipping policy for orders above 150€ sent around the world.

    We try to find the best cost and way to send you your purchases. Don´t miss this amazing opportunity to save some money in this hard period and take advantage of our new free shipping policy in January.

    Please Note: the shipping costs does not include the duties and taxes in the destination country expenses since they vary with a number of parameters. In case of exports, the order will be shipped with a final invoice for customs so it will contain the same amount that was paid, not less. If the customer refuses to pay these extra charges, the return shipping and any additional fees will be taken out of the cost of the order, with any remaining funds being refunded to the customer.

    We usually prepare orders from 9am – 11am, we can not make guarantee of same-day shipping for orders placed after 11am.

  • Counting Bluetooth Devices to Know the Number of People on New Year's EveDecember 29, 2015

    Counting BT devices on New Year's Eve

    Bluetooth Connectivity Kit

    Bluetooth Connectivity Kit
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    Every New Year's Eve, all around the world, millions of people get together to celebrate the last minutes in a crowded square. Times Square in New York, Puerta del Sol in Madrid, Trafalgar Square in London, Piazza dil Popolo in Rome, Champs Elysees in Paris or around Sidney Opera House.

    In fact, due to security reasons, authorities have to plan emergency evacuations to avoid avalanche risks. This year the city of Madrid is restricting the access to Puerta del Sol to eat the famous and typical twelve grapes to start the new year with good luck.

    Previous years there were up to 7 persons per square meter and the authorities want to prevent a massive disaster. Bluetooth Connectivity Kit can help to count bluetooth devices to estimate the amount of people that are celebrating the end of the year with you. This kit features the Bluetooth module PRO for Arduino, Raspberry Pi and Intel Galileo [XBee Socket], which has been mainly designed to discover a large number of bluetooth devices in a variable area. It can be connected in an XBee shield for Arduino to work.

    Take a look at the video below and our tutorials to find some interesting examples of what you can do with the Bluetooth module PRO:

    Smartphone Detection via WiFi and Bluetooth Beacons

    If you are looking for a professional solution you can't miss Meshlium Xtreme, Libelium's Linux router which works as the Gateway of the Waspmote Sensor Networks, and also allows to detect iPhone and Android devices and is general any device with Wifi or Bluetooth Interfaces.

    These devices can be detected without the need of being connected to a specific Access Point, enabling the detection of any
    smartphone, laptop or hands-free car kit device
    which comes into the coverage area of Meshlium.

    The idea is to be able to measure the amount of people and cars which are present in a certain point at a specific time, allowing
    the study of the evolution of the traffic congestion of pedestrians and vehicles.

  • Radiation Sensor Board Featured in a New Project by myFoodDecember 29, 2015

    Radiation Sensor Board

    myFood is a company which is developing a connected greenhouse in order to help people to produce their own food in a simple and accessible manner.

    They have recently implemented a project that makes use of our Radiation Sensor Board. This board was designed to help people in Japan to measure the levels of radiation in their everyday life after the earthquake and tsunami struck in March 2011, and the following radiation leakages in Fukushima.

    The Radiation Sensor Board allows the user to detect Alpha, Beta and Gamma radiation integrating any Geiger Tube which works in the range 400V - 1000V and read this levels using an open source platform like Arduino.

    The aim of this project is to send radiation measurement data to a visualization platform for citizen oversight. To do so, they are using a Radiation Sensor Board + Geiger Tube for Arduino, an Arduino YĂşn and an LCD display. The radiation board is easily stacked on top of the Arduino YĂşn, and the Geiger Tube is plugged into the radiation board pins.

    myFood Radiation Sensor Board

    They display the radioactivity levels of the environment on the LCD display, and apart from that, this data is uploaded every hour to SafeCast. Safecast is a global volunteer-centered citizen science project working to empower people with data about their environments. They maintain an open dataset of background radiation measurements and are currently building out a network of sensors to monitor air quality.

    You can take a look at the complete project at

    Previous project: Open Garden Featured in a Connected Greenhouse Project.

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