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  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • Meet us at Maker Faire Berlin - October 3 & 4September 28, 2015

    Autumn is a pretty busy time for makers, full of hackathons and faires everywhere. Here in Europe we have one of the largest events, Maker Faire Rome, where more than 90 thousand people attended last year, and apart from that, just in October our friends in Denmark (Aarhus), Turkey (Istanbul), Spain (Santiago de Compostela) and Finland (Espoo) will enjoy their own mini maker faires.

    In the 2015 edition of Maker Faire Berlin over 120 booths will be available for companies and makers to present their inventions and devices. All throughout the weekend there will be talks and showcases, and workshops where you'll be able to learn about 3D printing or how to connect your sensors to the Internet.

    Look for the IoT Spartan

    Maker Faire Berlin 2015

    We will be visiting Maker Faire Berlin 2015, where we will promote the IoT Spartans Challenge, among other things.

    A while ago we decided in Cooking Hacks to focus extensively on technical education. This was made to meet the increasing demand for IoT developers. An article by Gartner predicted 4.9 billion things connected to the Internet in 2015, and up to 25 billion by 2020. IoT is already having a large impact on industries like utilities, manufacturing and transportation and expanding more and more to government and city councils.

    We thought we had to do something about this situation, so we prepared 20 new kits, specially oriented to education and covering all kind of sensors and wireless technologies. Theses kits, along with over 100 step-to-step tutorials, provide a solid basis for students and future IoT developers.

    Another initiative from Libelium and Cooking Hacks in this aspect is the IoT Spartans. This challenge, to be launched later this year, will identify and give public recognition to the best developers. Libelium will give webinars on Waspmote, where participants will learn how to use this platform as a development tool for the IoT.

    IoTSpartansLogo

    After that, the Spartans will take several tests where they will prove their skills, and will be later ranked monthly in a public list with the top developers. The best 3 developers and the best university will have money prizes at the end of the challenge.

    Don't forget to look for the IoT Spartan around the Maker Faire (logo on the left) and join in!

    Visit www.iot-spartans.com

    Follow us and stay tuned on @iotspartans

    Read more about Libelium IoT Training here.

    Maker Faire Berlin will take place at Postbahnhof am Ostbahnhof, StraƟe der Pariser Kommune 8.Check a map here.

    Check our visits to previous Maker Faires: Maker Faire Rome 2014 - Maker Faire New York 2014

    IoTSpartans

  • Cooking Hacks will be at Maker Faire Bay Area 2015May 12, 2015

    Once again, we will be at Maker Faire Bay Area 2015, May 15, 16 & 17. (Yes, this time starts on Friday, one more day to enjoy!). Come and join us! To take a look at our products, don't forget to search for us on the Maker Faire APP. Jorge and Andrea will be showcasing our e-Health Sensor Platform, Open Aquarium and Open Garden, among other products that we will bring to the table.

    You can read more about our participation last year in this links.

    Open Garden

    We are presenting Open Garden. It is an open source platform to remotely control your indoor and outdoor plants. We provide three different kits, each one for a specific kind of growing plant scenario: indoor (houses and greenhouses), outdoor (gardens and fields) and hydroponics (plants in water installations).

    To control the state of the plants, this platform allows to measure several parameters:

    • Soil Moisture (Indoor and Outdoor Kits)
    • Temperature, Light and Humidity (All kits)
    • pH, Conductivity and Temperature (Hydroponics Kit)

    On the other hand, it includes several actuators to modify the condition of the plants:

    • Water Pump and Droppers for Irrigation (Indoor kit)
    • Electro valve and Sprinkler for Sprinkling (Outdoor kit)
    • Oxygen Pump and Growing Light (Hydroponics kit)

    You can also upload plant status data to a web server by using any of the available wireless interfaces (WiFi, GPRS, 3G) to see the information on a mobile device.

    Cooking Hacks Open Garden

    Open Aquarium

    We are also showcasing our Open Aquarium platform. It's designed to automate the maintenance tasks in aquariums, fish tanks and ponds so you can take a better care of your fish. It is based on Arduino and consists of two different but complementary kits: Basic and Aquaponics.

    The platform includes 5 different sensors to measure key parameters such as temperature, pH and Conductivity and to control the state of the aquarium: water level and leakage. Besides, it can automate several tasks, such as heating and cooling the water or feeding the fish, controlling the intensity of light to simulate day and night cycles and activating pumps for water change or medicines administration with 4 actuators.

    Open Aquarium Project -  Aquarium Monitoring for Arduino

    We have developed an Open Source API to control the platform with Arduino and a web application to store all the information from the sensors in a data base and visualize it from iPhone / Android devices.

    Read more about Open Aquarium here.

    e-Health Sensor Platform

    e-Health Sensor Platform

    Another of our products that we are sure you will be thrilled to check is the e-Health Sensor Platform. It is a shield designed for Arduino, Raspberry Pi and Intel Galileo that allows you to perform biometric and medical applications where body monitoring is needed with 10 different sensors: pulse, oxygen in blood (SPO2), airflow (breathing), body temperature, electrocardiogram (ECG), glucometer, galvanic skin response (GSR ā€“ sweating), blood pressure (sphygmomanometer), patient position (accelerometer) and muscle/electromyography sensor (EMG).

    Six different wireless connectivity options are available to send all the biometric information gathered by the sensors so you can store it or visualize it in real time (Wi-Fi, 3G, GPRS, Bluetooth, 802.15.4 and ZigBee). Don't miss the chance to try our e-Health Platform.

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

  • May Maker Events ScheduleApril 29, 2015

    MakerFaireParis2

    As you surely know, we are very much looking forward to the Maker Faire Bay Area 2015. We wrote about it a few days ago, we will be attending and presenting some of our main products.

    Everybody would like to go to a huge event like this one, but it's a long trip and, in case you can't make it, here's a little recap with every Maker Faire event in the month of May.

    Mini Maker Faires are obviously smaller in scale than the rest but they keep the spirit and vision of the larger events: it's open to anybody, covers from technical to art and performance issues and encourages people to participate. It is a place where makers come to show their work and learn new things from other makers.

    These events vary in size too, the smaller ones can have just 300 people and around 10 makers attending and the larger Faires over 150 makers and up to 6000 attendees. They last for around 8 hours in a single day, and most of them take place during spring and summer to take advantage of the nice weather.

    Despite being independently organized, you have to apply for and receive a license from Maker Faire to organize one yourself. They provide a set of guidelines and resources that might be quite helpful if you are considering to arrange a Mini Maker Faire. Find out more here.

    Week by week: every Mini Maker Faire

    But for the time being here's every Mini Maker Faire in May: in the US three events will be held on May 2, Cedar Rapids (IA), North Little Rock (AK) and Chicago Northside (IL), and that very same day we have Jinqiao (Shanghai, China). Trossen Robotics (video below) will be in Chicago Northside:

    Next weekend, May 9, Rockford Auburn (IL) will held its first Faire along with Orange County (Irvine, California) and Honolulu (HI). Over Europe, Trieste in Italy and Stockholm in Sweden are facing their second edition.

    You can enjoy a two day event in Austin (TX) on May 16 & 17. We have a first timer in Wilson County (TX) and another one in the Institute of Imagination (London, UK). And yet another two day long Faire in Jerusalem (Israel, May 24 & 25).

    To finish the month we have a pretty busy weekend. Four cities will be joining with a first edition event on May 30: Minneapolis / St. Paul (MN), Jackson Hole (WY), Meridian (MS) and Southwest Michigan (MI). In America you could also attend Reno (NV), Piedmont(CA), Cape Cod (MA), and Sunshine Coast (BC, Canada). And, finally, Halifax (UK).

    Featured Maker Faires in May

    As we just told you before, one of the two Flagship Faires (Bay Area) is in May. Apart from this massive event, two more Featured Faires will be held this month. Featured Faires are organized in collaboration with Maker Faire and and are larger in attendance and duration than Mini Faires. They last for a couple of days and usually have over 10,000 attendees and more than 200 maker exhibits.

    The first one in this month is Paris Maker Faire, on May 2 & 3. It will take place in the Foire de Paris exposition (Paris Fair), and it will have more than 6,000 m2 available and over 250 makers are expected. Apart from the usual hacks and projects regarding electronics, drones and DIY, there will be art and interactive performances, like Les Machines de l'Ʈle in the video below:

    At the end of the month, during the very last weekend, May 30 & 31, we have the other featured Faire in Taipei (Taiwan). Already facing its third edition, is one of the Maker Faire veterans in Asia.

    Check every event in this map

    Make sure you find some time to attend to one of this events, you won't regret it!

    We will keep you informed about every upcoming Faire, we have some really busy months ahead.

    Read about other events here.

  • Counting the days till the Maker Faire Bay Area 2015April 27, 2015

    MakerCon

    Lately, we have been telling you about how the Maker Faire started and all the different maker events for the month of April. Now, we are going to look a little bit closer at the Maker Faire Bay Area. It will take place in a couple of weeks, May 15, 16 & 17, 2015, in San Mateo, California, so you can start getting ready for the greatest show and tell on earth.

    This year there will be an early access on Friday, May 15, so Industry Innovators, Maker Movement Partners, Corporate Groups, Educators and school groups and the Media have a dedicated and focused time with the makers before the busy weekend.

    Maker Week: Along with the Maker Faire in New York, this is one of the two Flagship Faires. Since these are the biggest Maker meetings it doesn't just come down to a single weekend. The whole week leading up to the event is dedicated to activities and conferences in which makers and hackers can warm up for the main event.

    Starting on Monday 11, the San Mateo Innovation Week holds the kick-off party for a week to celebrate the spirit of creativity, productivity and innovation. A hackathon oriented to civic projects will start on Tuesday and the very next day begins the STEM fair, an event created for young students to get interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. A series of presentations and talks on innovative strategies in reducing violence in communities will close the week on Friday.

    On Tuesday and Wednesday, May 12 & 13, MakerCon, a Conference for Makers by Makers, will host several presentations and meetings regarding the influence of Making on education, economy and emerging markets, manufacturing or design. MakerCon is the place for entrepreneurs or product developers to seek advice and information on the financial and market aspects of their prototypes and inventions.

    Keep up to date with the schedule for the Maker Week.

    What to do in the Maker Faire Bay Area

    The Flagship Faires (Bay Area and NY) are massive events, so you probably want to carefully plan your weekend to make sure you don't miss anything interesting.

    Hundreds of makers will be showcasing their work on the faire. Here you can check the complete list of makers that will attend the event. You can browse by topic to find the hacks and projects you are most interested in. It covers from 3D printing to music, food, health or robotics, surely there is something that draws your attention. (Call for makers).

    Maker exhibit consists of an individual or groups and organizations willing to demonstrate what they make. You can also attend to performances from musicians and entertainers (like the Burning Man in the video above), they usually take place on stage, but, in the past, some of them were roaming around the venue. They all are encouraged to bring an interactive exhibit or performance to enhance participation.

    Apart from the exhibits and performances there will be 10 to 45 minute long presentations from makers who'd like to describe and talk about their project and how it works, saving some time for Q&A. The complete schedule with every activity will be out in a few days.

    Cooking Hacks in Maker Faire

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    Cooking Hacks proudly sponsors the Maker Faire Bay Area and will be at the tenth annual meeting. Last year we attended the event to showcase our main products and hacks.

    Among others, we presented the e-Health Sensor Platform, a shield for Arduino, Raspberry Pi and Intel Galileo that allows to perform medical applications with 10 different sensors. Inventor Michael Script developed and showed a Infant Respiratory Rate Sensor, based on the e-Health platform, that could help to treat infant pneumonia by measuring breath rate, heart rate and body position. Read about it here.

    We also presented Open Garden, an open source alternative to control your indoor and outdoor plants, and the Radiation Shield. Some of the custom hacks that we took to the Bay Area were the Mind-controlled Beer Machine, the Cooking Hacks Dog Robot and the RFID LED Lamp.

    Read about our visit to the event last year (Part I ā€“ Part II).

    Cooking Hacks Beer Machine
    Our cute robot dog

    We will keep you posted on our visit to the Maker Faire Bay Area 2015.

  • A Little History of the Maker FaireApril 9, 2015

    Last week we made a little summary about every Maker Faire in April to keep you posted about what you can find in them. Now, we thought you might like to know a little bit more about Maker Faire History and how it all started.

    Make Magazine

    Maker Faire is an event created by Make Magazine in 2006. Make is a bimonthly magazine which covers subjects related to do it yourself (DIY) projects involving electronics, computers, science, home crafts or art and design. It was founded in 2005 by Dale Dougherty, inspired by the tinkerer spirit from the mid-20th century and reflected in magazines like Popular Mechanics. This kind of publications helped people to learn new skills and talk about their hobbies, and werethe seed for what years later would become the maker movement.

    It launched its first issue in January 2005 targeting readers interested in making things on their own. The magazine focuses on step-by-step projects, but it also includes reviews of books and tools or a teaching section, The Skill Builder, which covers different topics like welding, electronics, robotics or woodworking techniques.

    It has a digital edition that gives you free access to projects, articles, news, videos and blogs.

    Maker Faire ā€“ Bay Area

    Just a year after the magazine was published, Maker Faire held its first edition on April 22 ā€“ 23, 2006, at the San Mateo County Event Center in California.

    It has since grown in scale and has expanded through the US and later around the world. Over the next years a couple of Maker Faires were held in Austin and two more in Detroit. In 2010 New York joined in and have organized the World Maker Faire for five editions. These Flagship Faires (Bay Area and New York) are by far the largest events: last year 215,000 people attended.

    In 2014 there were a total of 14 Featured Maker Faires and 119 Mini Maker Faires (smaller and independently produced) in cities from the US, China, Japan, Spain, Italy, Norway, etc.

    Bay Area Maker Faire 2015 Web Badge In their own words, it is the Greatest Show and Tell on Earthā€”a family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. The event was launched as a response to the increasing community of makers and hobbyists willing to learn and share in hands-on activities. It included workshops, DIY competitions and demonstrations in six exposition pavilions and over 100 exhibiting makers.

    But it is not exclusive for people experienced in electronics or engineering, it is open to newbies and children and covers science, art, performance and craft. For instance, on the last edition of the Maker Faire Bay Area you could enjoy performances like the Tesla Coil Music from ArcAttack (video below) or the Life-Sized Mousetrap.

    Mr Dougherty has said about the Faires: ā€œIt's a pretty simple formula, one based entirely on talking to people who make things, seeing those people do, and nurturing the diversity of ideas that come together in a community space.ā€

    We'll be posting more info on the Maker Faire Bay Area on the next weeks.

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