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  • e-Health Sensor Platform Helps You to Fulfill Your New Year's ResolutionsJanuary 11, 2016

    So 2016 is already here, and we are sure you have all made plenty of New Year's resolutions, trying to become a better person and improve ourselves. But let's face it, we make too many resolutions, and sometimes we set ourselves unrealistic goals, whether is learning a new language, quit smoking, losing some weight or exercising more.

    Here at Cooking Hacks, we thought we could give you a hand to succeed in one of the most popular resolutions: stay healthy. You can start by doing something simple like walking, running a few minutes or riding your bicycle, and constantly checking your vital signs thanks to our e-Health Sensor Platform for Arduino and Rapsberry Pi.

    e-Health Sensor Platform

    The e-Health Sensor Platform was designed as a prototyping shield for investigation and a low cost medical sensor platform, and is compatible with Arduino and Raspberry Pi. It allows you to perform biometric and medical applications where body monitoring is needed, making use of 10 different sensors that read relevant vital signs that could help you when you exercise.

    For example, you can check your pulse and oxygen in blood with the SPO2 sensor, or monitoring your breathing with the Airflow Sensor. You can control your body temperature, and the Electrocardiogram Sensor will allow you to know the electrical and muscular functions of the heart. The Galvanic Skin Response Sensor will let you measure the electrical conductivity of your skin (your sweating) and the electrical activity of muscles can be monitored with the Electromyography Sensor (EMG).

    In addition, you can wirelessly upload your biometric data to the cloud thanks to any of the 6 connectivity options available: WiFi, Bluetooth, Zigbee, 802.15.4, GPRS and 3G. Besides you can also visualize your data in real time with GLCD, KST, Serial Console and even with a SmartPhone Application.

    Check the e-Health Sensor Platform tutorial to know the full capabilities of this biometric shield.

    Read about some real application examples of the e-Health Sensor Platform:

  • Counting Bluetooth Devices to Know the Number of People on New Year's EveDecember 29, 2015

    Counting BT devices on New Year's Eve

    Bluetooth Connectivity Kit

    Bluetooth Connectivity Kit
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    Every New Year's Eve, all around the world, millions of people get together to celebrate the last minutes in a crowded square. Times Square in New York, Puerta del Sol in Madrid, Trafalgar Square in London, Piazza dil Popolo in Rome, Champs Elysees in Paris or around Sidney Opera House.

    In fact, due to security reasons, authorities have to plan emergency evacuations to avoid avalanche risks. This year the city of Madrid is restricting the access to Puerta del Sol to eat the famous and typical twelve grapes to start the new year with good luck.

    Previous years there were up to 7 persons per square meter and the authorities want to prevent a massive disaster. Bluetooth Connectivity Kit can help to count bluetooth devices to estimate the amount of people that are celebrating the end of the year with you. This kit features the Bluetooth module PRO for Arduino, Raspberry Pi and Intel Galileo [XBee Socket], which has been mainly designed to discover a large number of bluetooth devices in a variable area. It can be connected in an XBee shield for Arduino to work.

    Take a look at the video below and our tutorials to find some interesting examples of what you can do with the Bluetooth module PRO:

    Smartphone Detection via WiFi and Bluetooth Beacons

    If you are looking for a professional solution you can't miss Meshlium Xtreme, Libelium's Linux router which works as the Gateway of the Waspmote Sensor Networks, and also allows to detect iPhone and Android devices and is general any device with Wifi or Bluetooth Interfaces.

    These devices can be detected without the need of being connected to a specific Access Point, enabling the detection of any
    smartphone, laptop or hands-free car kit device
    which comes into the coverage area of Meshlium.

    The idea is to be able to measure the amount of people and cars which are present in a certain point at a specific time, allowing
    the study of the evolution of the traffic congestion of pedestrians and vehicles.

  • Radiation Sensor Board Featured in a New Project by myFoodDecember 29, 2015

    Radiation Sensor Board

    myFood is a company which is developing a connected greenhouse in order to help people to produce their own food in a simple and accessible manner.

    They have recently implemented a project that makes use of our Radiation Sensor Board. This board was designed to help people in Japan to measure the levels of radiation in their everyday life after the earthquake and tsunami struck in March 2011, and the following radiation leakages in Fukushima.

    The Radiation Sensor Board allows the user to detect Alpha, Beta and Gamma radiation integrating any Geiger Tube which works in the range 400V - 1000V and read this levels using an open source platform like Arduino.

    The aim of this project is to send radiation measurement data to a visualization platform for citizen oversight. To do so, they are using a Radiation Sensor Board + Geiger Tube for Arduino, an Arduino YĆŗn and an LCD display. The radiation board is easily stacked on top of the Arduino YĆŗn, and the Geiger Tube is plugged into the radiation board pins.

    myFood Radiation Sensor Board

    They display the radioactivity levels of the environment on the LCD display, and apart from that, this data is uploaded every hour to SafeCast. Safecast is a global volunteer-centered citizen science project working to empower people with data about their environments. They maintain an open dataset of background radiation measurements and are currently building out a network of sensors to monitor air quality.

    You can take a look at the complete project at www.instructables.com.

    Previous project: Open Garden Featured in a Connected Greenhouse Project.

  • Create Your Movie Jukebox With Our RFID + AV KitDecember 14, 2015

    Movie Jukebox

    Smart Cards Kit (NFC/RFID 13.56MHz)

    Smart Cards Kit (NFC/RFID 13.56MHz)
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    A few weeks ago we were telling about how to keep your home safe and watched with our 3G+GPRS Mobile Kit to make a wireless security system. We want to give you more suggestions in order to make an IoT Home, so we are showing this week the Smart Cards Kit (NFC/RFID 13.56MHz) + A/V Kit, that allows to create your own movie jukebox.

    With this kit, your TV will become a smart media center. The idea is to synchronize your favourite films with a RFID 13.56MHz/NFC card, then connect it with the A/V Kit and switch it to you TV. You will enjoy your films just selecting your synchronized cards.

    It is also a great solution for parental control for your kids. ā€¦ Children will not be able to choose films for adults because the system allows parents to choose the titles of selected movies and gives them autonomy to program themselves what to watch.

    This kit includes the RFID 13,56MHz module for Arduino, Raspberry Pi and Intel Galileo, that enables to recognize objects by proximity identification, query the card and sends instructions to it.

    You can find other interesting items in the kit to create your own movie jukebox, as pcDuino AV kit to transform your TV in a media center, a Xbee Shield that allows to use XBee modules, our Bluetooth Pro or RFID, or five RFID 13.56MHz/NFC cards to enable the wireless communication.

    You can see in the next video an simple example of the use of a NFC/RFID smart card:

  • Smart Nativity Scene with Cooking HacksDecember 14, 2015

    Smart nativity scene with Cooking Hacks

    Only for Christmas lovers and model makers!

    Following the tradition of Spanish Christmas, our team has created this 3D live nativity scene Portal with Cooking Hacks products. You can imitate it with the gadgets you usually use for your makings and share it with us.

    • St. Joseph is made of a Waspmote, some SMA Pigtails, a BNC connector, a button battery, aĀ geiger tube, and cables.
    • Virgin Mary is based on a Waspmote, some SMA Pigtails and a button battery.
    • Christ-Child is one of our Waspmote Standard Video Camera sensor board, WiFi module and a button battery.
    • Of course, it could not miss the mule and the ox made with two Waspmotes, a SMA pigtail, a GPRS module, an 868/900 communication module, a 2'4 antenna connector and some chips and transistors.

    The guest stars to this real scene are the Three Wise Men -Melchior, Caspar and Balthazar- dressed with the red cape over an e-Health Sensor Shield, a waspmote, some expansion boards, some button batteries, some cables, some BNC connectors, some SMA pigtails and a Waspmote Smart Metering sensor board. And don't miss the sheep, created with resistors.

    The real scene is also equipped with water flowing in the river and with sensors of presence that switch on the Xmas music and the Star of Bethlehem that brights on the Cooking Hacks night.

    Smart nativity scene with Cooking Hacks

    Smart nativity scene with Cooking Hacks

  • Share Your Christmas Hacks with Us. Get a 10% Discount on Your next PurchaseDecember 3, 2015

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    It's Christmas, a time to be at home and rest or... Get inspired in your free time and improve your wit developing Smart Christmas gifts for all your family.

    Surely, you are developing a smart gadget on your Xmas time, and we thought you would like to join our community of makers and we'll reward you with a 10% discount on your next purchase.

    You just need to post a photo or video on our Facebook and you'll receive a coupon code for your next shopping.

    This is a great opportunity to inspire others to make new applications and allow us to promote your work. Take advantage and be the first one!

    You can start your Christmas shopping just now and get material to prepare Xmas gadgets, Noel smart decorations and wit gifts to enjoy your leisure time.

    Get some ideas:

    Discover the material for your next project. Buy now! Christmas 2015.

    Realtime Location of Santa Claus with our 3G/GPS module for Arduino and Raspberry Pi. See the video!

  • Meet Us at Zaragoza Maker ShowDecember 1, 2015

    Cooking Hacks will be at the third edition of the Zaragoza Maker Show, next December 11 & 12. This is one of the first maker events in Spain, a place to discover all the possibilities of 3D technology, Arduino or Raspberry Pi, where the open source movement is a key factor.

    Zaragoza Maker Show 2015

    In the event, Cooking HacksĀ will show its project IoT Spartans Challenge, a global contest to involve educational entities and students in the Internet of Things. This project tries to improve participantĀ“s electronic skills in order to be ready to face a technological future as developers.

    The Cooking Hacks conference about the IoT Spartans Challenge will be about how the competition works, the type of participants and the prizes. It is scheduled for December 11 at 18:50.

    The Zaragoza Maker Show will take place at eTopia, the Zaragoza Art and Technology Center, a space designed to promote creative and innovative events. Check a map here.

    More info on zaragozamakershow.com

  • Open Garden Featured in a Connected Greenhouse ProjectNovember 23, 2015

    Cooking Hacks is happy to present the Connected Greenhouse project, developed by myFood, an open source solution that uses a permaculture and aquaponic greenhouse. This gardening system allows to optimize food growing in four simple steps, and reduce maintenance tasks by automating the process.

    One of these steps consists of a vertical aquaponic tower. In an aquaponic system the fish waste is used by plants as nutrients, the plants filter the water and then it is recirculated to the fish tank.

    Simple Garden Automation

    To automate and monitor the aquaponics garden they made use of our Open Garden Hydroponics and an Arduino Yun. This kit includes the Shield for Arduino with the Hydroponics Extension, and a set of sensors: an embedded LDR that allows to detect light, a DHT22 to measure temperature and humidity, a pH sensor and a Conductivity sensor.

    myfood project

    The Open Garden platform includes two more different kits for specific growing plant scenarios: indoor (houses and greenhouses) and outdoor (gardens and fields), and allows to control and sense several parameters: soil moisture, temperature, humidity, light, pH, Conductivity and water temperature. There are also several actuators available, like water pump and droppers or sprinklers.

    The myFood attempts to create balanced by combining permaculture and aquaponics inside a connected greenhouse, and reclaim your food production in 4 simple steps:

    • Permaculture: it simulates a forest environment to avoid wasting water.
    • Aquaponics: creates a synergy between plants and fish.
    • Greenhouse: it allows to grow food and feed your family during the whole year.
    • Automation: it minimizes the time required to take care of the plants and makes it possible to monitor the complete system from your smartphone.

    Take a look at the complete project on www.instructables.com and don't forget to visit myfood.eu

    Check Cooking Hacks solutions for Agriculture and Garden.

  • Create Your Wireless Surveillance & Security System with Our 3G+GPRS Mobile KitNovember 12, 2015

    Wireless Security System

    3G+GPS Mobile Kit

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    Last week we were telling you about how to keep your house warm with our HVAC IR Remote module. So, in order to give you ideas on how to make a Smart IoT Home, we are featuring this week the 3G+GPS Mobile Kit, that will surely be helpful to work out a security system.

    This kit includes the 3G/GPRS shield for Arduino, Raspberry Pi and Intel Galileo, that enables connectivity to high speed cellular networks and allows to make calls, send and receive SMS and even connect to a GPS server to calculate the position.

    You can find some very interesting items in this kit to develop your own surveillance system, like the 2MP Video Camera to record videos and pictures, a small Electret Microphone to record audio, and several sensors to measure light (LDR) or temperature (MPC9700A sensor).

    Apart from all this, you may want to include some other sensor from our shop to detect intruders, such as the PIR sensor to detect motion, or the Hall-Effect Sensor to detect when a window or a door is being opened. Make sure to take a look at our Motion category to check all the options to configure your own project.

    You can see in the next video a video call using the 3G/GPRS shield for Arduino:

  • Come Join Us at Maker Faire Bilbao 2015November 9, 2015

    Cooking Hacks will be once again at Maker Faire Bilbao, on the weekend of November 20-22. Yes, the whole weekend, this year Bilbao says goodbye to the "mini" and takes the next step to become a full Maker Faire, with more than 100 projects in display.

    LoRa 868 Extreme Range Connectivity Kit

    We will be promoting the recently launched IoT Spartans Challenge, an educational program by Libelium to identify, promote and give public recognition to the best future IoT developers. This program offers specialized training and a contest to rank and reward the most promising developers, including prizes for the top three developers and the top educational institution.

    You will also find in our booth some of our kits for developers and students, covering wireless technologies like LoRa(868/900), 3G, GPRS, GPS, XBee and the new Sigfox 868 Extreme Range Connectivity Kit. All this kits come with basic components like resistors and LEDs, sensors (LDR and Temperature), an LCD display, a servo and a micro motor. Take a look at the tutorials to see an example of what you can achieve with them.

    Maker Faire Bilbao will take place at Antigua FƔbrica de Galletas de Bilbao (Old Cookie Factory!) in Zorrozaurre. Check a map here.

    More info on bilbaomakerfaire.com

    Maker Faire Bilbao 2015

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