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.
More than 40 education Kits available
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.
We have also redesigned our Starter Kit. We have included in it some very interesting new products, 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 all the new kits with Arduino, Raspberry Pi or Intel Galileo Platforms. Just select the platform you are interested in, and fully customize your kit. You can purchase the Starter Kit even including our Waspmote Starter Kit.
In the pictures above, the new 3G+GPS Mobile Kit and our Waspmote Starter Kit
Our kits can now be sorted by platform, category or 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.
We have also reorganized our Kits around "Skills" and "Applications". For example, you can improve your programming skills with our Programming oriented Kits, or develop Wireless projects with our Wireless Kits. Don't forget to check our Long range Sensors Kits, where you will find some of our best-sellers.
New Tutorials and documentation
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.
To make really easy to find the tutorial you need, we have developed a specific Tutorial Search Tool. You can select the platform you are interested in, the category you want to look into, and even your knowledge level, and the tool will give you back the tutorials that best match your preferences.
This new improved search tool 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.
Not only new design, also 100% secure
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.
And in addition to that, the entire site works now with SSL certificates signed by a third party Official Security Authority. All the transactions are encrypted, signed and 100% secure.
We are using secure Paypal and Credit Card (VISA - MasterCard) payment method. You can pay also via wire transfer - we will prepare your order after the payment reception. Remember we never store your card information on our site.
We really appreciate your feedback
We have made a big effort to get all this things together for you, but we think it will worth it. We are interested in your comments and questions and look forward to hearing from you. We encourage you, all our fellow users, to give us some feedback through our contact page, or directly in our mail info (@) cooking-hacks (.) com
Libelium, along withÂ Cooking Hacks, is 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 initiative, a challenge to rank the best IoT and Waspmote developers that will be launched in the next few months. More coming soon, stay tuned.