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  • Some pics from the last Mini Maker Faires we have been in

    Posted on July 17, 2014 by Cooking Hacks

    Call for Makers!

    As those of you who follow our Blog, Twitter account or our new Instagram Channel will have noticed, it has been a very busy month for our awesome travellers David, Luis and Jorge. We have been both in Barcelona and Bilbao Mini Maker Faires.

    A few weeks ago we went to Barcelona (June 22th) to share experiences and knowledge with all of you who came to MOB Barcelona to enjoy a very intense day in Mini Maker Faire Barcelona 2014. We discovered a bunch of new projects - you can see some pics below. Thanks to the cool Mini Maker Faire Barcelona organizers, who do really an exceptional work helping everyone to be very comfortable.

    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

    And we went to Bilbao last weekend (12-13 July) to enjoy two amazing days in The Basque Country showing our projects and making new friends. Bilbao Mini Maker Faire photos below. Click them to go to the complete Flickr album.

    Mini Maker Faire Bilbao 2014
    Mini Maker Faire Bilbao 2014
    Mini Maker Faire Bilbao 2014
    Mini Maker Faire Bilbao 2014
    Mini Maker Faire Bilbao 2014
    Mini Maker Faire Bilbao 2014
    Mini Maker Faire Bilbao 2014
    Mini Maker Faire Bilbao 2014

    Don't forget to mark in your calendar the next appointments you can meet us in: World Maker Faire New York (September, 20 & 21) and Maker Faire Rome (October, 3 - 5)... We are already "warming up"... :)

    You can check the complete official upcoming Maker Faires map here.

    We invite you to meet us and see our new projects and products! Stay tuned for more information! We will post updates asap!

    This post was posted in General, News and Events

  • Cooking Hacks at World Maker Faire New York 20&21 September

    Posted on July 14, 2014 by Cooking Hacks

    Call for Makers!

    As we announced a couple of days ago in this blog - check our Maker Faire Schedule - we will be at World Maker Faire New York 2014, September 20-21. We will be happy to see you there and show all of you some of our new projects and hacks.

    Following our schedule, we have just come back from Mini Maker Faire Bilbao (last weekend), where we showcased our amazing Arduino Fruit Piano and some other Arduino Fruit games and applications. It's an easy circuit trick that delights children of all ages. The fruits allow the children to play music and even play some games just touching them. Some pics below and in our NEW Instagram channel

    Also at Maker Faire New York, we will give demonstrations of the e-Health Sensor Platform. The e-Health Sensor Platform allows Arduino and Raspberry Pi users to perform biometric and medical applications where body monitoring is needed. It can use up to 10 different sensors and the information can be used to monitor in real time the state of a patient and sent using any of the six connectivity options available: Wi-Fi, 3G, GPRS, Bluetooth, 802.15.4, and ZigBee, depending on the application.

    Maker Faire New York is one of the world reference meeting points for the Maker community. Maker Faire New York 2014 is held at New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St, Corona, NY 11368 on 20-21 September. More info here.

    We look forward to seeing you at World Maker Faire New York 2014!

    This post was posted in General

  • Becoming a Maker - The 12 Maker Hacks Challenge

    Posted on June 27, 2014 by Cooking Hacks

    The Question

    This morning in Cooking Hacks office, Luis and Jorge were discussing if anyone following our Project Hacks and Tutorials could be able to become a Maker. The question was:

    Could a newbie - somebody with no electronic knowledge, starting from scratch - become a good Maker following 12 easy step by step Maker Hacks Tutorials?

    The 12 Maker Hacks Challenge!

    After googling for a while they found this Instructables Tutorial explaining How to Become a Maker and this other 4 Steps to Becoming A Maker, but instead or explaining what should include the normal Maker Workshop or which are the skills a Maker should have, they decided to prepare 12 detailed and useful practical examples (some kind of mini projects) that a newbie could try...

    After deciding that, they started to think who can be the ideal candidate to test it! Jorge had a cool idea...

    The Candidate

    The 12 Maker Hacks Challenge

    From now on...

    Javier, our Digital Marketing Manager, will be following Luis and Jorge's tutorials, and posting regular updates about his experience becoming a Maker.

    First of all, Javier will get used to Arduino IDE and environment, and will know the main components you can find in complete Arduino Starter Kit.

    Stay tuned and follow the Challenge!!

    This post was posted in Arduino, General, Makers Hacks Challenge, News and Events, Tutorials

  • Our Maker Faire Schedule.. more events coming soon!

    Posted on June 27, 2014 by Cooking Hacks

    Call for Makers!

    As you surely know (we even met there...) this year we have been at Maker Faire Bay Area 2014 (past May, photos here and here), and Mini Maker Faire Barcelona 2014, last weekend - post with photos next week, surely you checked them out in our NEW Instagram channel!

    In the second half of the year we will be in World Maker Faire New York (September, 20 & 21), Maker Faire Rome (October, 3 - 5), Mini Maker Faire Bilbao (July 12 & 13) and maybe one more (to determine)... You can check the official upcoming Maker Faires map here.

    We invite you to meet us and see our new projects and products!

    Stay tuned for more information! We will post updates as soon as possible!

    Psst! Next event! Next July, we will be in Mini Maker Faire Bilbao to showcase some of our new products. We are pretty sure you'll love our demos and we would like to see you there!

    This post was posted in General, News and Events

  • New Industrial Protocols modules: RS-232, RS-485, CAN Bus, Modbus, 4-20 mA for Arduino, Raspberry Pi and Intel Galileo

    Posted on June 23, 2014 by Cooking Hacks

    Cooking Hacks has released new industrial protocol modules and API that allow sensor information from industrial devices to connect to the Cloud. The new modules support the most widely used industrial communication network protocols such as RS-485, RS-232, CAN Bus, and Modbus, used for process or industrial automation, building automation, military and automobile applications, for sensor network capability in remote or factory floor environments.

    Cooking Hacks new family of modules modules connect with general development platforms such as Arduino, Intel Galileo, and Raspberry Pi, to help developers design industrial Internet of Things (IoT) solutions. In conjunction with the new modules, Cooking Hacks has released a special 4-20 mA sensor board (current loop), to connect the most commonly deployed sensors in industrial environments.

    In order to use the Industrial Protocols modules and the wireless radio at the same time we have created the Multiprotocol Radio Shield. This way we can make a bridge between the bus and the wireless link. Available radios are: WiFi, RFID, NFC, Bluetooth, ZigBee, and 802.15.4. Other interesting radio protocols such as 3G and GPRS can be used directly without the need of this board.

    Industrials Protocols Cooking Hacks



    • Standard:EIA RS-485
    • Physical Media:Twisted pair
    • Connector:DB9
    • Network Topology:Point-to-point, Multi-dropped, Multi-point
    • Maximum Devices:32 drivers or receivers
    • Mode of Operation:Differential signaling
    • Maximum Speed:460800 bps
    • Voltage Levels:-7 V to +12 V
    • Mark(1):Positive Voltages (B-A > +200 mV)
    • Space(0):Negative voltages (B-A < -200 mV)
    • Available Signals:Tx+/Rx+, Tx-/Rx-(Half Duplex)Tx+,Tx-,Rx+,Rx-(Full Duplex)

    • Industrial Equipment
    • Machine to Machine (M2M) communications
    • Industrial Control Systems, including the most common versions of Modbus and Profibus
    • Programmable logic controllers
    • RS485 is also used in building automation
    • Interconnect security control panels and devices



    • Standard:TIA-232-F
    • Cabling:Single ended
    • Connector:DB9
    • Network Topology:Point-to-point
    • Maximum Speed:115200 bps
    • Signaling:unbalanced
    • Voltage Levels:-25...+25
    • Mark(1):-5...-15
    • Space(0):+5...+15
    • Signals:Full Duplex (Rx, TX)

    • Bar code scanners and other point of sale devices
    • LED and LCD text displays
    • Satellite phones, low­ speed satellite modems and other satellite based transceiver devices
    • Updating Firmware on various consumer devices
    • Uninterruptible power supply
    • Stenography or Stenotype machines
    • Software debuggers that run on a 2nd computer
    • Industrial field buses

    CAN Bus

    CAN Bus

    • Standard: ISO 11898
    • Cabling: Twisted Pair
    • Connector: DB9
    • Network Topology: Multimaster
    • Speed: 125 to 1000 Kbps
    • Signaling: Differential
    • Voltage Levels: 0-5V
    • Signals: Half Duplex

    • Automotive applications
    • Home automation
    • Industrial Networking
    • Factory automation
    • Marine electronics
    • Medical equipment
    • Military uses



    The Modbus is a software library that can be operated physically on the RS-485 and RS-232 modules.

    • Standard: ISO 11898
    • Data area: Up to 255 bytes per job
    • Interface: Layer 7 of the ISO-OSI reference model
    • Connector: DB9 (RS-485 / RS-232 modules)
    • Number of possible connections: up to 32 in multi point systems
    • Frame format: RTU

    • Multiple master-slave applications
    • Sensors and Instruments
    • Industrial Networking
    • Building and infrastructure
    • Transportation and energy applications

    4-20 mA (Current Loop)

    4-20 mA (Current Loop)

    • Standard: ISO 11898
    • Type:  Analog
    • Media: Twisted Pair
    • No. of devices: 1
    • Distance: 900m
    • Supply: 5-24V

    • Sensors and Instruments
    • Remote Transducers
    • Monitoring Processes
    • Data transmission in industrial scenarios


    We have created specific tutorials explaining how to use step by step each of the modules in Arduino, Raspberry Pi and Intel Galileo.

    This post was posted in Arduino, Galileo, General, New Products, News and Events, Raspberry Pi, Waspmote

  • Cooking Hacks will be at Mini Maker Faire Bilbao 2014, July 12 and 13

    Posted on June 19, 2014 by Cooking Hacks

    Call for Makers!

    We will be at Mini Maker Faire Bilbao 2014, July 12 and 13! Come and meet us and see our new projects and products!

    We will be in Bilbao to showcase some of our new products. We are pretty sure you'll love our demos and we all will have a good time together!

    Maker Faire Bilbao is here again, and as you can read in the official website it will be held in the most "Do-It-Yourself" place that you can find in Bilbao: the old Zorrozaurre Old Cookie Factory! A magic open space, close to the "Ría de Bilbao", where we all, tekkies, inventors, creators, electricians, 3dprinters and all kind of crazy people, shall meet in July.

    Min Maker Faire Bilbao 2014

    See you in July at the Old Cookie Factory!

    This post was posted in General, News and Events

  • Friday 13 is coming, look behind you... We are announcing terrifying discounts!

    Posted on June 11, 2014 by Cooking Hacks

    13 is coming, look behind you...

    You are Doomed!

    We are preparing some terrifying discounts for next Friday 13th! We have selected from our most demanded products list one of our star products: the 3D Printer Complete Kit!

    But why 13-13-13? Keep on reading to know more!

    Bloody PrintersBloody 3D Printers!

    13 3D Printers, 13% OFF, from Friday 13th and within a week (or until stock lasts)!

    You can print your projects in terrifying stormy nights in the darkness of your home... ;)

    Don't miss this opportunity! Remember, 13 3D Printers, 13%, Friday 13th!!!

    This post was posted in General, News and Events

  • New High Resolution Camera 2MP (1600 x 1200) for the 3G Shield

    Posted on June 9, 2014 by Cooking Hacks

    We are happy to announce that we have modified the 3G Shield to make it work with a much higher resolution camera. Instead of using the old 0'3MP Camera, now the 3G Shield supports a 2MP Camera, improving considerably the resolution: from 640 x 480 (VGA) to 1600 x 1200 (UXGA)!

    This allow us to take impressive photos and send them via Email, FTP or HTTP to any web server on the Internet. The 3G shield is compatible with Arduino, Raspberry Pi and Galileo, so you can choose your favourite platform to make your projects.

    The new 2MP Camera is included in the Audio / Video 3G Kit. You can also get directly the 2MP Camera here.

    Apart form the new 2MP UXGA resolution camera, there are many other interesting accessories which can be connected to the 3G module: microphones, speakers, hands free and headphones sets, SD socket to save directly all the data coming from the 3G network or recorded from the video camera...

    You can check all the components included in the kit in this photo:

    Comparative between both cameras:

    Old Camera New Camera
    Resolution: 0'3 MP
    Sensor: OV7725
    Max. resolution: 640 x 480 (VGA)
    Image area: 3984 μm x 2952 μm
    Sensitivity: 3800 mV/lux-sec
    Optical format: 1/4"
    Power: 120 mW
    Resolution: 2MP
    Sensor: OV2640
    Max. resolution: 1600 x 1200 (UXGA)
    Image area: 3590 μm x 2684 μm
    Sensitivity: 0.6 V/Lux-sec
    Optical format: 1/4"
    Power: 140 mW

    Check both resolution images. Left Click to enlarge!

    Old photo

    Old Camera Example

    New photo

    New Camera Example

    The 3G Shield for Arduino (now also compatible with Raspberry Pi and Intel Galileo boards) enables the connectivity to high speed WCDMA and HSPA cellular networks and makes possible the creation of worldwide interactivity projects inside the "Internet of Things" era. This module counts also with an internal GPS what enables the location of the device outdoors and indoors combining standard NMEA frames with mobile cell ID triangulation using both assisted-mobile (A-GPS) and mobile-based (S-GPS) modes. As an additional benefit, you can also use it as a standard 3G modem at full speed just connecting it through its specific mini-USB socket to your laptop (Linux, Windows, MacOS supported).

    NOTE: The new 2MP Camera can be used only in the last version of the 3G Shield. For more information go to the Camera section in the tutorials below:

    There are three step by step complete tutorials:

    This post was posted in Comparative, General, New Products, Product Reviews

  • Cooking Hacks will be at Mini Maker Faire Barcelona 2014, June 22

    Posted on June 6, 2014 by Cooking Hacks

    Call for Makers!

    We will be at Mini Maker Faire Barcelona 2014, June 22! Come and meet us and see our products first-hand!

    We will be in Barcelona to demonstrate some of our new products. We are sure you'll enjoy with our team! Mini Maker Faire Barcelona is becoming one of the reference meeting points for the Maker community in Europe.

    See you in MOB (Makers of Barcelona) facilities!

    This post was posted in General, News and Events

  • More photos of our Maker Faire Bay Area experience!

    Posted on June 5, 2014 by Cooking Hacks

    As you may remember, we posted a few days ago our first impressions and photos from Maker Faire Bay Area 2014, you can check them here. Now, more photos and thoughts...

    We enjoyed three unforgettable and fascinating days, setting up the booth, talking with all the people who came to our stand to ask about our projects, showing them our latest developments and, in short, keeping our finger on the Maker Culture's pulse to collect information about how the Maker Movement is doing!


    The adventure started after a 20 hours exhausting but exciting trip, from our headquarters in Zaragoza to San Francisco, with a fairly demanding time change. Friday 16th, early in the morning, tired but full loaded with illusion, we packed all our stuff in a rented pick-up (we, european people, love this kind of cars - we have no such vehicles in our countries...) and drove all the way from our hotel to Maker Faire Bay Area space. We found quickly our booth, and started to set up all our demo projects, in order to be ready to make the best impression in you, our beloved visitors..

    PickUp Maker Faire 14
    Setting Up the booth

    In a glimpse we got a quick first picture of the space available and started to distribute all the stuff we had brought with us from Spain. The best way to measure the space we have to deal with is, as you surely know, to make a selfie - see shoot below ;) After that, we got down to work and the booth started to take shape.

    Cooking Hacks Selfie
    Setting up the Booth Friday

    On Saturday we started to talk with all the visitors interested in our projects or company, answering all their questions. People were specially curious about our name, and its relationship with kitchen, home cooking or "cuisine". We kindly recommended them (and you) to read our Company Manifesto, to understand our special conception about relationship between electronics and cooking!

    Talking in deep about the projects we showcased in the fair, we would like to emphasise three of them: our eHealth kit, the Mental Beer Machine, and the Cooking Hacks dog (yes, it's a robot!). It was pretty funny to see people trying to open "mentally" the beer machine, to obtain their beer can... (shoot below). Our cute Cooking Hacks robot dog, as usual, delighted the youngest of the household with its tricks, movements and barks.

    Cooking Hacks Beer Machine
    Our cute robot dog

    On Sunday we gave ourselves a break to take a closer look at the new projects of other makers and companies. We were pleasantly surprised of the latest news in the maker sector: the expansion of the 3DPrinters (specially talking about prices and R&D investment), and the boom of wearables (althought all we could see were some kind of lightning necklaces..). In adition to all of that, we can see as usual some robot fights!

    Robot Fight!
    Lightning Necklaces - wearables

    We made the most of the opportunity to greet all our friends of Dreamforce, SeeedStudio and DFRobot, among many others. It's always a pleasure to meet all of you guys in this kind of events!

    We will meet you again soon!
    We will meet you again soon

    This post was posted in General, News and Events

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