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  • 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

  • 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

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