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  • More Photos from World Maker Faire New York

    Posted on September 26, 2014 by Cooking Hacks

    After a couple of days, and after put our thoughts in perspective, here we go again with more pics and comments about Maker Faire New York 2014.

    New York City, the Trip and the Friday

    First of all, simply to mention just a word or two about the difficulties to travel to the other side of the world with 40/50 Kg of Maker's material. Although Spain is a well-connected country, travel to NY from Zaragoza takes near 12 hours of continuous taxi-station-train-station-taxi-airport-plane-airport-taxi... you know... Imagine you must carry with you for all this time your luggage and a suitcase big as a man...

    But the effort is worth it! We arrived NY on Friday morning (local time) and we were willing to spend a Great Maker Weekend.

    We first stopped in the fair, to take a look to the general disposition of the booths and space available for our stuff. We spent some hours there preparing our projects and hacks, checking everything were working properly after the trip, and preparing the merchandising material.

    After that, we had some time to have a proper dinner in Manhattan, assuming that the next two days we were going to have less time...

    The Weekend

    Maker Faire New York was really well sorted this year, and there were big areas reserved for electronics, children, 3D Printing... and Disney. This year Disney had an important role and prepared special activities for the youngest.

    We enjoyed two incredible days and received dozens of visits in our booth. We tried to satisfy the curiosity of all the people interested in our hacks in particular, or the Maker Culture in general. As you surely remember, we prepared small demos of projects like:

    • e-Health Sensor platform: our mini hospital (you can monitor your body with up to ten sensors)
    • Radiation Shields: measure radioactivity levels .
    • Mind-controlled Beer Machine: just concentrate, and the beer appears!

    A big hug for our friends of Adafruit, Texas Instruments, Linino, DF Robot... and many many others we have the opportunity to meet last weekend. We made a lot of new friends!

    Cooking Hacks in MakerFaire New York 2014
    Cooking Hacks in MakerFaire New York 2014
    Cooking Hacks in MakerFaire New York 2014
    Cooking Hacks in MakerFaire New York 2014
    Cooking Hacks in MakerFaire New York 2014
    Cooking Hacks in MakerFaire New York 2014
    Cooking Hacks in MakerFaire New York 2014
    Cooking Hacks in MakerFaire New York 2014

    See you soon... Next week Maker Faire Rome!

    More links talking about Maker Faire New York 2014!

    This post was posted in General, News and Events

  • First pics from NY - Amazing Weekend in World Maker Faire New York

    Posted on September 23, 2014 by Cooking Hacks

    New York City, here we go

    Our long weekend started early in the mornig in Spain on Thursday 18 Sept. As usual, we travelled by train from Zaragoza to Madrid in order to pick a plane to NY. After more than 8 hours flying and several more waiting in airports and stations, we arrived there. We spent the entire Friday preparing the booth, and ensuring all our projects and hacks were working properly, and preparing all the merchandising and promotional material.

    Here, some NY pics. Not all of them were taken at arrival... some on Thursday, some on Friday...

    Cooking Hacks in New York
    Cooking Hacks in New York
    Cooking Hacks in New York
    The Booth

    The show started on Saturday, and a lot of people came to our stand... In our stand they enjoyed small demos of our hacks like:

    • Nacho, our e-Health patient: the visitors can test all the sensors included in our e-Health Sensor platform.
    • Radiation Shields: Using the test beads, visitors can measure the radioactivity levels - the values are displayed in the screen.
    • Mind-controlled Beer Machine: It is very popular also. Just concentrate, and the beer appears.

    Two quick photos of the booth, one with an special visitor (do you recognize her?), and one of our kind neighbours... ;)

    Cooking Hacks Booth in MakerFaire NewYork
    Cooking Hacks Booth in MakerFaire NewYork
    Cooking Hacks Booth in MakerFaire NewYork
    Cooking Hacks Booth in MakerFaire NewYork
    Maker Faire New York

    And finally, some general photos of Maker Faire New York.

    Cooking Hacks in Maker Faire New York
    Cooking Hacks in Maker Faire New York
    Cooking Hacks in Maker Faire New York

    We will post more photos and comments in a couple of days! We have seen a lot of things this weekend and it's not possible to include all our experiences in just one post!!

    This post was posted in General, News and Events

  • Lenny has already grabbed his ticket for World Maker Faire New York

    Posted on September 17, 2014 by Cooking Hacks

    Call for Makers!

    And the winners are...
    These are the first five emails we received asking for the tickets in our marketing account. Enjoy!


    Hello there, as we announced a couple of days ago in this blog we will be at World Maker Faire New York 2014, September 20-21.

    As official sponsor of Maker Faire New York 2014 we have some free one-day passes for Cooking-Hacks most loyal followers.

    A few days ago, Lenny Roudik from New York (@lennyroudik), took a step forward and asked us directly for a ticket for the Show. Lenny is an Android Developer, Google Fanboy and general Geek, as you can read in his twitter bio.

    Well, today we have sent Lenny his free one-day ticket in order he can come to visit us this weekend. We will be very happy to meet Lenny there and show him some of our new projects and hacks. :)

    Actually, we have 5 more free one-day tickets for our followers, and all you have to do to win one is

    • retweet one of our tweets announcing we will be in Maker Faire New York and
    • send us a quick email with your name to (end of promo) (-at-) libelium (-dot-) com.

    The first 5 emails will get the tickets (one ticket per person): we will announce the winners in this post.

    * Please, note that the event is in New York, so if you are not sure that you can go to NY this weekend, let other people to enjoy this opportunity.

    Quick reminder: Our booth will be located in the Electronics Tent, in a large tent outdoors. Our booth number is EP42.

    Maker Faire New York 2014

    This post was posted in General, News and Events

  • Testing our Raspberry Pi to Arduino Shields Connection Bridge with the new Raspberry Model B+

    Posted on September 9, 2014 by Cooking Hacks

    As you surely know Raspberry released his Model B+ board last July. We have been testing it with our Raspberry Pi to Arduino Shields Connection Bridge during last week, to ensure its full compatibility.

    Just in case you didn't know this product, the idea behind our bridge is to allow to use different shields, boards and modules designed for Arduino in Raspberry Pi. It allows also to connect digital and analog sensors, using the same pinout of Arduino but with the power and capabilities of Raspberry.

    RaspBerry Pi B+

    We created also the arduPi library which allows to use Raspberry with the same code used in Arduino. In this library you can find conversion functions to control all the I/O interfaces in the same way as in Arduino.

    As we can see in Raspberry official website (check the link, the upper block is exactly the same as in model A/B. You may remember some changes were made in this part in the past. We are working with revision 2, as we guess the vast majority of you. Accordingly, the main change is Raspberry B+ includes more GPIO (14 pins more). See picture below.

    Raspberry Pi GPIO Pinouts

    As the former pins remains unchanged, and the GPIOs are the same, our shield connects with the board with no problems. At the end, we are very happy with the testings we have made. We have tested many of the eHealth sensors (the patient Position Sensor - Accelerometer, and the body Temperature Sensor, for example, and we do not foresee any problem for this side) and also with interruptions.

    More changes we love: the new Micro SD (the old card socket broke easy and frequently), the video onto the 3.5mm jack (one jack for audio and video), the lower power consumption and the extra USB ports.

    You can still install Raspbian - it is the default operating system, and we usually choose it. Model B+ is recommended for use in schools: it has more flexibility for learners and more USB ports than any other model.

    Our Raspberry Pi to Arduino Shields Connection Bridge works perfect with the new board (you can get the new Raspberry Model B+ board here).

    Why don't you give the Connection Bridge a try?

    This post was posted in Arduino, General, News and Events, Product Reviews, Raspberry Pi

  • Cooking Hacks at Maker Faire Rome 3-5 October

    Posted on September 8, 2014 by Cooking Hacks

    Call for Makers!

    Rome is awesome at fall. So why not join us there this October? As we announced a few weeks ago in this blog - check our Maker Faire Schedule - we will be at Maker Faire Rome, October 3-5. We will be happy to see you there and show all of you some of our projects and hacks.

    At Maker Faire Rome, we will give demonstrations of the e-Health Sensor Platform and our new project Open Garden.

    The e-Health Sensor Platform allows Arduino and Raspberry Pi users to perform biometric and medical applications where body monitoring is needed. You can check this video explaining the platform and the different sensors you can use to monitor in real time the state of a patient. This video is an oldie, but a goodie.

    Open Garden provides an entire monitor enviroment to launch three different specific kind of growing plant scenarios: Outdoor, Indoor and Hydroponics. Open Garden can sense different ground parameters as for example, among others, Soil moisture, Temperature, Humidity or Light, or even water conditions like pH, Conductivity or Temperature. You can check the documentation of the project here, and some real photos in last Open Garden Flickr Set.

    Maker Faire Rome is one of the european reference meeting points for the Maker community. Maker Faire Rome 2014 is held at Auditorium Parco della Musica, Viale Pietro de Coubertin, 10 – Roma on 3-5 October. More info here.

    So grab this opportunity and come meet us there! See you at World Maker Faire Rome 2014!

    Extra Ball: Innovation Week Rome will be held from 28th September to 5th October, including interesting events and conferences like Personal Democracy Forum, Open Hardware Summit, Meet Iot, Social Innovation Cities, Smartmoney, "Boosting" A Creative Start-Up Ecosystem or Sep Matching Event. Check the full Schedule here.

    This post was posted in General, News and Events

  • More Open Garden real project photos

    Posted on August 21, 2014 by Cooking Hacks

    We are very happy to show you more pics of our Open Garden projects. As you may know, Open Garden is an Open Source hardware alternative to commercial home automation to remotely control your indoor, outdoor and hydroponic plants. We strongly believe it has huge potential due to its flexibility: its made of many separate sensors and actuators - it's a very modular and flexible environment.

    As you surely remember, you can find three different Open Garden kits: indoor, outdoor and hydroponics. These kits will help you to use the solution in greenhouses or houses, external gardens or fields, or even plants in water installations, respectively.

    In the photos you can see a three node Open Garden indoor installation:

    1.- One street monitoring node - no pics, it's allocated in the balcony - which monitors temperature, humidity and external light.

    2.- A second node controlling the soil moisture of a big plant in the dining room. If you look closely at the pictures, you could appreciate the sensor: is the black wire in the left side of the Gateway, it gets into the ground on the left of the plant.

    More Open Garden Pics in Flickr
    More Open Garden Pics in Flickr

    3.- A third node is also controlling the soil moisture of a third space, composed by a tomatoe plant, a mint plant and a basil one. This third node is also monitoring air temperature and humidity and ground temperature. You can notice the gateway by his side - it's connected to the water pump for drip irrigation. You can see the droppers in the last of the photos.

    More Open Garden Pics in Flickr
    More Open Garden Pics in Flickr

    Open Garden Droppers

    In this case, we are not using the Open Garden and XBee shields, or the Wifi module.

    Bonus tip: the gateway is connected to a RaspBerry Pi (USB Connection). We are stablishing an UART communication to save all the data in a database.

    We hope you have enjoyed the photos, and we encourage you to develop your own Open Garden projects following our step-by-step tutorial. We will be very happy to receive your project photos, and to share them in Twitter or Instagram, or RT your posts around Open Garden.

    You can also purchase the kits here:

    This post was posted in Arduino, General, New Products, News and Events, Product Reviews, Tutorials

  • A real project for Drone realtime GPS Tracking

    Posted on August 13, 2014 by Cooking Hacks

    Today, we want to tell you the story of David Palmer's drone.

    David lives in the USA. His friends and family think of him as some kind of computer guru, but he doesn't claim to be one. Despite of have never taken a computer class of any kind, he has been able to figure out how computers work and fix them. More important, he has never been afraid to experiment with anything that involves a computer.

    He owns a DJI F550 FlameWheel Drone and he came across this project by searching for a GPS tracker, because sometimes these drones lost connection with their control pad and they just take off for never be found again. Since these drone are a significant investment, he has been searching for different ways to find them if they flyaway.

    One day, David saw the tutorial "Arduino Deluxe Pack: How to use XBee and GPS with Arduino UNO" and decided to give it a try. He wanted to put one together so he can track his drone in case it flew away.

    He figured all he had to do is to get the parts listed in the tutorial and follow the directions to put it all together and get it up and running. The problem he ran into was when he ordered the parts and he decided to go with the Xbee 900hp's, because the 900mhz wouldn't interfere with his drones 2.4 ghz controller and the 5.6 ghz FPV unit.

    He didn´t know that the code in the tutorial wasn't compatible with the Xbee 900hp's and there was very little useful information on the Internet to guide him with the 900hp's. So he had to figure it out himself (don´t forget he have never done any type of coding) and after working on this for two days, he finally got it up and working. Although the receiver info comes out with some gibberish, it still gives him the latitude and longitude that he need.

    So here's what he came up with - some pictures below:

    A real project for Drone realtime GPS Tracking
    A real project for Drone realtime GPS Tracking
    A real project for Drone realtime GPS Tracking
    A real project for Drone realtime GPS Tracking

    In addition to this project, you may have noticed the LED Neo-Pixels on the last picture. He has 4 Neo-Pixles strips (one on each leg of the landing gear) that are connected to the drone´s NAZA controller. These leds display and blink certain colors that tell him if it has satellite connection, how many satellites, how much battery life the drone still has and so on. He has 2 Neo-Pixel rings on the front to display green so he always knows where the front of the drone is during flight.

    You can find here a video showing the leds working:

    And here, another video with a short night flight, just to see the green leds in action:

    If you have any idea regarding GPS tracking, don't miss our GPS Module for Arduino Tutorial or our Geolocation Tracker (GPRS + GPS) with SIM908 over Arduino and Raspberry Pi.

    This post was posted in General, News and Events

  • Discover our new Instagram Channel

    Posted on August 6, 2014 by Cooking Hacks

    Psst! Do you have an Instagram account? We are having a lot of fun with ours, and we do really recommend you to start your own and of course, follow us!

    We are using Instagram to show all of you our day to day activities, promote some offers, show new products, congrat the members of the team in their birthday, introduce them to you, or simply be in touch with the community...

    Our Instagram account is also useful for us to discover new projects all over the world! Just tag your projects with hastags like #arduino, #raspberrypi, #3dprinting, or whatever your projects or ideas are about. We will surely take a look to them - an a huge number of other Instagram users, of course... ;)

    Make sure to follow us, and tag us in your pics if you are interested we know about them, or even talk about them in this blog, our Twitter account (didn't you know we were also there?) or Flickr Channel.

    Cooking HAcks Instagram Channel

    Mini Maker Faire Barcelona Cooking Hacks 2014
    Mini Maker Faire Barcelona Cooking Hacks 2014
    Mini Maker Faire Barcelona Cooking Hacks 2014
    Mini Maker Faire Barcelona Cooking Hacks 2014
    Mini Maker Faire Barcelona Cooking Hacks 2014
    Mini Maker Faire Barcelona Cooking Hacks 2014
    Mini Maker Faire Barcelona Cooking Hacks 2014
    Mini Maker Faire Barcelona Cooking Hacks 2014

    This post was posted in General, News and Events

  • Where is my car? Use Arduino for realtime GPS+GPRS tracking of vehicles

    Posted on July 29, 2014 by Cooking Hacks

    If you have ever been victim of a car burglary and lost your car forever, you will be happy to know that Cooking Hacks has the solution for you: using geolocation tracking we will teach you how to prepare an useful gadget that will send you a SMS with your car location - and even will mark it in Google Maps - in case you get your car stolen.

    How does it work?

    This works as follows: you just call to the gadget, hidden previously in your car (in the trunk, the glove compartment or under your spare tyre, for example), and it will get the position data and send the realtime position to a web server. You can track your stolen car in realtime or even locate it in Google Maps.

    Use Arduino for realtime GPS+GPRS tracking of vehicles

    The heart of the gadget: the GPRS + GPS Quadband Module (SIM908)

    What is required to prepare this cool gadget is a Geolocation Tracker (GPRS + GPS) with SIM908, an external GPRS-GSM Antenna, an external GPS Antenna, a 9V Alkaline Battery, a 2300mA/h Rechargeable Battery and a Barrel Jack Adapter. With this materials, you can follow now our complete step-by-step tutorial that will guide you through the assembly and coding process.

    We will be happy to hear how this gadget have helped you recovering your stolen car. And use your imagination: we are sure you can use this gadget or a similar one to track other moving objects.

    Start now preparing your own realtime GPS+GPRS Tracking of Vehicles Gadget using Arduino with our complete tutorial.

    This post was posted in Arduino, General, Tutorials

  • One year since the successful space launch of ArduSat

    Posted on July 28, 2014 by Cooking Hacks

    The Project

    One year has passed since the successful space launch of ArduSat aboard a H-IIB rocket. As you surely remember, Ardusat is the first open satellite platform that allows private citizens to design and run their own applications in space. It was launched on 4th August 2013.

    Our Radiation Sensor Boards

    We adapted our Radiation Sensors, wich were developed originally to measure radioactivity levels on Earth, to meet the satellite’s restrictions in terms of weight, size and power control, so it could be full operative in outer space conditions.

    Our Radiation Sensor Boards monitor radiation levels generated by space phenomena such as sun storms and background activity. This sensing technology acts as a Geiger counter measuring gamma particles produced anywhere in space.

    The ArduSat project currently consists in two identical satellites: ArduSat-1 and ArduSat-X. The experiments for ArduSat are developed in C/C++ for AVR/Arduino, using the ArduSatSDK.

    Ardusat and Geiger Sensors

    Tanegashima Space Center, Japan

    In this video, you can see how we live the 5 previous days and the launch exciting moment. In the video we explained the general difficulties we faced in the project, how difficult was to find the sensors, the challenge the project supposed for us, the helpful our previous Fukushima experience were and of course, the incredible size decrease we achieve with the board and sensors - when we talk about launching things to the space, it has to be minimum in size and weight.

    Don't miss the succesful full separation final moment, where the teams involved both in Spain and Japan, hugged one another.

    We were really proud to be part of this project and we enjoyed it a lot. Please stay tuned to know more information about the current status of the project soon.

    This post was posted in Arduino, General, News and Events

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