Cooking Hacks, Libelium's DIY open source hardware division, is reorienting towards technical education. This is made as a response to the increasing number of connected things: it is predicted that by 2020 around 25 billion devices will be connected to the Internet, resulting in a need for companies to look for more than 4 million developers.
This is a huge step for us, and it is something more than a website redesign to give it a modern look. Cooking Hacks seeks to place greater emphasis on teaching, so we have prepared 20 new kits to be added to our existing kits portfolio: that makes more than 40 education kits.
These new kits range from WiFi or Bluetooth to GPS and GPRS, and all of them include extra components like LEDs, resistors, servo motors or an LCD display that will allow you to make lots of projects.
In the pictures above, the new 3G+GPS Mobile Kit and our Waspmote Starter Kit
We have now over 100 step-by-step tutorials to easily learn to use our kits. You can work on any platform (Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Waspmote and Intel Galileo), and start making applications with sensors and wireless networks, regardless of your skills on electronics and programming.
For instance, we have redesigned our Starter Kit. We have included some very interesting new products to the kit, like an LCD 16x2 Display, a 9G Micro Servo or a Hobby Motor that will surely expand the capabilities and applications of your projects.
Besides, you can purchase the Starter and all the new kits with Arduino, Raspberry Pi or Intel Galileo Platforms and the Starter Kit even with the Waspmote Starter Kit.
This platforms in the Starter Kit include everything you need to start working with your kit, for example:
- Arduino Platform: Arduino Uno Rev.3, a USB Cable and a Power Adapter.
- Raspberry Pi Platform: Raspberry Pi 2 (Model B+), Raspberry Pi to Arduino Shields Connection Bridge, a MicroSD, an Ethernet Cable, a microUSB Cable and a USB Power Supply.
- Waspmote Starter Kit: a Waspmote 802.15.4, a Waspmote Gateway 802.15.4, a 2300 mAh LiPo Battery and a MiniUSB Cable.
- Galileo Platform: Intel Galileo Board and a Micro USB Cable.
Since we attempt to get everybody interested in electronics and DIY, we have classified our kits by User Level so newbies and advanced users can find the suitable kit. Among other kits, you can see the
We have reorganized our Kits around "Skills" and "Applications". For example, you can improve your programming skills with our Programming oriented Kits: take a look at the new Tracking Kit (GPRS+GPS) and at the Smart Cards Kit (NFC/RFID 13.56MHz). Or develop Wireless projects with our Wireless Kits. Don't forget to check our Sensors Kits, where you will find the Radiation Geiger Kit, one of our best-sellers.
Navigate by platforms: Our kits and the corresponding tutorials can be sorted by platform, category and user level (beginner, intermediate and expert). This way you can select the right tutorial for the platform you are using and according to your experience.
Improved Search Tool: We are introducing a new search tool that will help you to find what you're looking for in just a few seconds. We have detected in the past that some of our customers had difficulties to find products in our shop, so our IT department put a lot of effort developing this new tool.
In addition, we have included a search tool for the tutorials, we thought it would be very helpful to filter and access the tutorials by platform, category and difficulty level.
We have reorganized the site: The product categories have been rearranged, you can choose between more than 4000 products with customized suggestions.
Thus, Cooking Hacks has been redesigned! As you can see it is a much more simple design, we've said goodbye to the red background, and now you can enjoy lots of white and clear spaces so you can read comfortably and navigate smoothly.
In adition to that, the entire site works now with SSL certificates signed by an third party Official Security Authority. All the transactions are encrypted, signed and 100% secure.
Libelium, along withÂ Cooking Hacks, is also focusing on meeting the demand for developers for the Internet of Things, and is offering training courses for teachers on Waspmote, our own open source wireless platform for the IoT.
This new approach will include the IoT Spartans, a challenge to rank the best IoT and Waspmote developers that will be launched.