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Electronics for DIY and the Internet of Things (IoT) Community. Arduino and RaspberryPi Hacks and Tricks. Open Source Sensor Networks for developers and students

  • All our shields, modules and kits now compatible with Raspberry Pi 3!April 20, 2016

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    We are glad to announce that all of our products which were compatible with Raspberry Pi 2 are now compatible with Raspberry Pi 3. Since the official launch of the Raspberry Pi 3 our R&D department has been working hard to get a totally integration between the board and our shields, modules and kits.

    What does this integration mean? It means that new Raspberry Pi 3 upgraded features like a more powerful CPU or WiFi connection, can be the best fellow traveler of our Raspberry Pi kits. Imagine all the possibilities that can offer a Cooking Hacks kit with a communication protocol like LoRa, LoRaWAN or Sigfox and the new Raspberry Pi 3. To make it work you need one of our shields, and of course they are also fully compatible with the new Raspberry Pi 3.

    For that, we have a wide variety of kits compatible with the new Raspberry Pi 3 which will fulfill your expectations and will meet your needs:

    As you know, we like to give you as much information as we can in order you will be able to develop your projects perfectly, so we have adapted all of our Raspberry Pi tutorials to the new Raspberry Pi 3. For example:

    What are you waiting for getting involved in the IoT world with our Raspberry Pi kits fully compatible with the new Raspberry Pi 3?

  • Welcome the spring with Cooking HacksApril 11, 2016

    Cooking Hacks Spring Promotion

    April has started and spring is in the air, inundating everything with its energy. We can see more people in the streets and in flowery parks and gardens having a nice time doing some spring activities like sports, going for a walk, gardening, playing with their children or pets, etc.

    In Cooking Hacks we think that spring is one of the best seasons for developing technological hacks, so we want to encourage makers to design a spring hack. For that, we want to give you some ideas.

    Cooking Hacks Spring Promotion

    Open Garden Hydroponics
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    If you have a garden you have the best excuse to develop a spring hack. Take advantage of this period of year when plants bloom and get the most beautiful garden in your neighborhood. In Cooking Hacks we have the best solution. Do you know our Open Garden kits? Open Garden is an open source solution with three different kits: the Open Garden Hydroponics, the Open Garden Indoor (1 Node + 1 Gateway) and the Open Garden Outdoor (1 Node + 1 Gateway), the most appropriate for gardens. This sensor platform enable to control your plants automatically and remotely. It is based on Arduino and allows the connection with some sensors to control specific plants growth parameters.

    If you have a garden, you may have a pond with fishes in it. In Cooking Hacks store you can find a solution to control their maintenance, the Open Aquarium kits. There are two complementary kits, Open Aquarium Basic and Open Aquarium Aquaponics. These kits are designed to monitor automatically the fish tanks and ponds conditions by means of a wireless connectivity. They are also based in Arduino and include sensors to monitor the aquatic life vital parameters.

    To help you to develop a spring hack, either the Open Garden kits like the Open Aquarium kits has a 10% discount until May 3. Find them in the Spring promotion category.

    Spring is the best time of year for doing outdoor sports. The weather is warm and it's neither very hot nor very cold. Have you think about monitor your physical activity? In Cooking Hacks you can find the most complete solution for it: the e-Health Sensor Platform. This kit allows to monitor biometric information like pulse and oxygen in blood, airflow, blood pressure, etc. Besides, it is fully compatible with Arduino, Raspberry Pi and Intel Galileo boards. Even if you want to monitor your path you can use out Tracking Kit, which allows to control your GPS position and send it by using a HTTP request to a web server.

    As you can see, spring is a season for makers and with our help you do not have excuse to develop amazing solutions with our products. Remember you can get an extra discount if you post your hacks in the Cooking Hacks Facebook page. So, what are you waiting for designing a great hack and sharing it with us?

  • International IoT Day is here!March 28, 2016

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    April is coming, and with it one of our favorite days: The IoT Day. It is a worldwide event which will take place on April 9. The IoT Day is the meeting point for markers, developers, entrepreneurs, industry leaders or basically any person interested in technology, around the Internet of Things.

    The April 9, there are several events around the world scheduled to celebrate this important date discussing about IoT and what is capable of. In this sense, Cooking Hacks banks strongly on the Internet of Things and wants to promote it around the world.

    We want to encourage to all makers to develop IoT solutions, and what better way than by using our products. Discover our IoT Starter Kits fully compatible with a wide range of devices and with the most well known communication protocols (LoRaWAN, Sigfox, 3G/GPRS, WiFi, etc.).

    From Cooking Hacks we have prepared three promotion weeks to celebrate the IoT Day with you. We start today and we will disclose the new promotion weeks on following Mondays. They will be related to our IoT products.

    WEEK 3: 04/04 – 10/04

    The key day of these promotion weeks has come. The IoT Day is on April 9. To celebrate this date we want to boost the worldwide interest in IoT offering a 10% discount during this week in our new IoT Starter Kits category until April 10.
    These IoT Starter Kits are the perfect combination between a sensor platform and a communication protocol. In this case, the kits are equipped with the successful open source Waspmote Sensor Platform, designed by Libelium. Besides, they are available with the most well-known communication protocols as Sigfox, LoRaWAN, LoRa, WiFi, 3G, ZigBee and GPRS+GPS. Their distinctive characteristic is that they are fully compatible with our Waspmote Sensor Kits, the ideal choice for monitoring solutions.

  • Cooking Hacks launches the IoT Starter Kits fully integrated with our Waspmote Sensor KitsMarch 8, 2016

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    Cooking Hacks has launched the IoT Starter Kits, a fully configurable range of kits. This is a great way to begin in the IoT world using one of the most professional solutions.

    These kits are based on the successful open source Waspmote Sensor Platform, designed by Libelium, and on one of the most well-known communication protocols. In this sense, you can find solutions available with SigFox, LoRaWAN, LoRa, WiFi, 3G, Zigbee and GPRS+GPS. The distinctive feature of these IoT Starter Kits is that they are fully configurable with our Waspmote Sensor Kits, which are ideal to monitor different parameters related to Smart Cities, gases, agriculture, etc. Besides, they include rechargeable batteries in order to have an autonomous functioning.

    In this category, you will find the following IoT Starter Kits Kits:

    Do not miss the chance to get involved in the IoT World with our IoT Starter Kits and develop monitoring solutions that will add value to your projects making them more complete and professional.

  • Libelium Selected to Provide Open Source and Technology Dissemination Expertise for EU H2020 IoT Research ProjectMarch 8, 2016

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    Libelium has been selected to participate in the Adoptive Gateways for Diverse Multiple Environments (AGILE) project, a project funded by the European Commission – H2020 ICT30 Program. Libelium will collaborate in AGILE project as Hardware Manufacturer for the maker’s version of the gateway. Libelium will develop a modular, inexpensive, multi-technology gateway for IoT devices. In addition, Libelium will assist in the dissemination and exploitation of the project through the existing client community and will also lead the crowdfunding campaign for AGILE.

    AGILE is a project funded by the European Commission – H2020 ICT30 Program. The total funding for the project is 6.857.550€ over three years and includes a consortium of 17 organizations, including CREATE-NET (Italy), iMinds VZW(Belgium), Eclipse Foundation Europe GmbH (Germany), ATOS Spain SA (Spain), Canonical Group Limited (United Kingdom), Rulemotion Ltd (United Kingdom), Jolocom UG (Germany), Universität Passau (Germany), Sky-Watch (Denmark), BioAssist SA (Greece), MOBISTAR SA (Belgium), Startupbootcamp (Spain), Technische Universität Graz (Austria), INRIA (France), EUROTECH SPA (Italy), Libelium (Spain), and IoTango S.A. (United States).

    The EU ICT30-2015 programme is the European programme for “Internet of Things and Platforms for Connected Smart Objects”. ICT 30-2015 cuts across several technological areas (smart systems integration, cyber-physical systems, smart networks, big data) and brings together different generic ICT technologies and their stakeholder constituencies to develop technological platforms that will have a strong influence on the way in which we live and work.

    AGILE aims to develop the software and hardware required to build modular gateway solutions for managing the devices and data in IoT solutions. It will support the local management of devices, data, app development, and runtime, and include security features that allow users to share data in a trusted way. The AGILE technology will be based on existing open source projects and create new open source technology to complete the solution. The AGILE project will also feature the integration of an IoT apps Marketplace to help facilitate a diverse ecosystem of extensions and plugins. Finally, AGILE will be used in five diverse Pilots in various domains (QuantifiedSelf, Smart Retails, Open Air monitoring using Drones, etc.) and be supported by an IoT Testbed, featuring more than 2500 sensors, to facilitate testing of IoT solutions.

    The AGILE project will leverage the skills, expertise, and technology of Libelium to create a sustainable and diverse community supporting the AGILE technology. The goal of AGILE is to create an ecosystem of large commercial technology companies, small start-ups, research institutions and individuals that 1) creates innovative solutions and extensions using the AGILE technology and 2) reinvest in the ongoing development of the AGILE technology. Libelium designs and manufactures hardware for wireless sensor networks and a complete software development kit (SDK) so that system integrators, engineering, and consultancy companies can deliver reliable Internet of Things (IoT), M2M, and Smart Cities solutions with minimum time to market. Waspmote—Libelium’s wireless sensor platform—is modular and ready to integrate with key Cloud systems (Azure by Microsoft, B-Scada, DeviceLynk, Devicify, Element Blue, Esri, IBM Bluemix, IoTSens, Sentilo, Sofía2 by Indra, Solvver, Telefonica, Thing +, ThingWorx), and low-energy IoT connectivity protocols (LoRa, MQTT, Sigfox). Over 2,000 developers from 90 countries in companies ranging from startups to universities to large international corporations have adopted Libelium’s technology for projects in five continents. Commercial deployments based on Waspmote include applications as varied as parking, traffic congestion, environmental monitoring, water quality and precision agriculture.

    Gartner named Libelium a Cool Vendor in embedded software and systems in 2014. Established in 2006, Libelium is privately held and has headquarters in Zaragoza, Spain.

    More information about the AGILE project is available at http://agile-iot.eu.

    More information about the Libelium is available at www.libelium.com.

    We would be glad if you fill out this IoT Developer Survey. The results of the survey will be used by the AGILE project to better understand the IoT developer community. Click on this link to fill out the AGILE IoT Developer Survey.

  • IoT Spartans Challenge: the Battle Starts to Find Best Future DevelopersMarch 1, 2016

    IoT Spartans Challenge: the Battle Starts to Find Best Future Developers

    Around 1,200 students registered to compete at The IoT Spartans Challenge, the academic program to identify and give public recognition to the best future IoT developers and Universities

    With the aim to cover the educational gap to find future Internet-of-Things developers, Libelium opens the online IoT learning platform, an international contest with 1,200 participants that will battle online to be recognized as the best in the world.

    “The IoT Spartans Challenge” is an academic program by Libelium to identify and give public recognition to the best future IoT developers. It is an open competition for students and educational institutions. Participants will gain specific IoT knowledge that will enable them to extend current education, freshen job skills and prepare for a new career in today's IoT world. The first in the ranking will obtain money prizes up to 3.000 euros and the top 300 developers will be promoted in professional circles.

    In 2020 there will be 50 billion connected devices generating 4,5 millions of IoT developer jobs. Nowadays, around 26% of European employers have difficulty filling jobs due to the lack of talent. That demonstrates that the IoT will be a huge opportunity specially for today’s teenagers. “Educational institutions and Universities are key in IoT future since they are producing tomorrow’s engineers and developers”, says Alicia Asín, Libelium's CEO. “The only way to prepare professionals and students for jobs that still do not exist is through a better technical education provided by our IoT academic platform for individuals, high schools and universities, so the best prepared will be the more demanded for future employment”, remarks Alicia Asín.

    Ten Universties have joined the challenge offering their students the hardware needed to follow the webinars and online quizzes: Universidad Politécnica of Cartagena (Spain), College of Nyíregyháza (Hungary), Universidad of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain), Bhoomraddi College of Engineering & Technology (India), Edinburgh Napier University (UK), Universidad Tecnológica of Panamá, Universidad of Córdoba (Spain), Escuela Politécnica Nacional of Ecuador, Instituto Politécnico of Aveiro (Portugal) and CyRIC, Cyprus Research & Innovation Center will compete for the first position awarded with 5,000 euros prize.

    The online ranking with the best “IoT Spartans” and the best University will be published by 16th June and Libelium will promote the list through professionals IoT networks.

    Follow results at www.iot-spartans.com

  • Celebrate Maker TechDad's Day sharing time & wit with kidsMarch 1, 2016

    Celebrate Maker TechDad's Day sharing time & wit with kids

    Dad´s day Cooking Hacks kits

    Dad´s day Cooking Hacks kits
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    Next week is a special date for fathers and their children. We are speaking about Father´s day, which is celebrated on March 19. It is a good moment to spend time with your children making together some hacks or to develop an amazing gift for you father. We have implemented a special Dad´s Day free shipping promotion until March 20. All orders above 200€ which contain at least one Cooking Hacks kit will be delivered without shipping costs.

    Which kind of Dad are you? Tech, DIY, Sports, Chef? Never mind, surely you can dedicate time to your kids sharing your wit with them and teaching how to develop your own smart project. For example, discover our Robot Kit and learn with children to set it up.

    Surely you love your father, so what better way to demonstrate your love than making a DIY gift. In Cooking Hacks you will find the best kits to prepare your Dad´s day hack. For example, you can develop a remotely control for his heating, ventilation and air conditioning system with our HVAC IR Remote module for Arduino and Raspberry Pi.


    We want to inspire you, so take a look at the following Cooking Hacks ideas:


    You can be the best maker father celebrating the Dad´s day introducing your children in the geek world, or you can be the best son developing an awesome and technological gift for your father, improving your electronic skills at the same time.

  • 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

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    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

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    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

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    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.

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