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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:

  • 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:

  • 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

  • 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

  • Remotely Control Your HVAC System with Our IR Remote ModuleNovember 5, 2015

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    HVAC IR Remote module for Arduino / Raspberry Pi

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    Winter is almost here, and we thought we could give you a hand to keep your house warm and save energy, just by controlling any home device with infrared commands. This is why we are featuring the HVAC Remote module for Arduino and Raspberry Pi.

    This small shield is capable of recording any infrared command sent by a remote control from any of your home appliances, like your TV or HVAC components (heating, ventilating and air conditioning). It is easily plugged on top of your Arduino board, or Raspberry Pi with our Connection Bridge. Then, with any of the available wireless interfaces (WiFi, GPRS, 3G, Bluetooth and ZigBee/802.15.4) you can simply control your HVAC system from a web server, a laptop or even from your smartphone.

    Save money buying this module in the HVAC & TV Infrared Control Kit.

    Watch the video below to see how it works and don't forget to take a look a the complete IR Remote Tutorial to control your infrared devices.

  • 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.

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    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

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  • Cooking Hacks will be at Maker Faire Rome October 16-18September 1, 2015

    Once again we will be at Maker Faire The European Edition in Rome, on October 16-18. We are looking forward to meeting you there and tell you all about our new projects and devices. Maker Faire Rome is one of the largest maker events in Europe, last year over 90,000 people attended and around 600 inventions were displayed for the public.

    New Website and Strategic Orientation

    New Starter Kit

    One of the news that we will be sharing with you is our new website. A few months back we launched a new site, but it was more than just a simple redesign. It was part of CH response to the increasing demand for developers in the IoT.

    We have redefined our Starter Kit, we have included some new products in it, and you have the chance to customize it and choose the platform you want to work with (Arduino, Raspberry Pi or Intel Galileo). Now you can find 20 new kits in our shop, everyone of them with all the components from the Starter Kit and covering some of the most demanded IoT technologies.

    To learn how to use all these new kits and to support our commitment with technical training we have prepared new tutorials, that makes over a 100 in total. This should provide you with a solid background for you to be able to develop your own wireless and sensor applications.

    Besides, we have reorganize our kits, and now they can be sorted by Platform, User Level and Category. In addition, we have developed a new search tool that will help you navigate through our tutorial list.

    Read more about this new Strategic Orientation here.

    IoT Spartan Challenge

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    Another project that we will be presenting is the IoT Spartan Challenge, to be launched in the next few months. This is a Libelium initiative to identify and give public recognition to the best IoT developers.

    Cooking Hacks, Libelium open source and education division, is strongly supporting this project that will allow developers and students to participate in a contest in order to be one of the best IoT developers.

    You can already join the challenge by registering in www.iot-spartans.com. After that Libelium will give free webinars on Waspmote as a development tool for the IoT, and will exam the participants to rank them monthly in a public list with the top 300.

    When the challenge is over, there will be prizes for the best University and for the best 3 developers.

    Make sure to meet us on "IOT SPARTANS CHALLENGE ā€“ A LIBELIUM INITIATIVE", a talk where we will explain everything about this challenge. October 18th, 11:00 am, on room 6.

    Read more about Libelium IoT training.

    You can see here some photos of our participation in Maker Faire Rome 2014.

    MFR15 will be held at ā€œLa Sapienzaā€ University of Rome, see it on a map here.

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  • Introducing some New KitsJuly 28, 2015

    As you probably know by now, we released a new version of our website a few weeks ago. Apart from the visual aspect (we hope you're enjoying it), we have seized the opportunity to focus on technical education. Read about it here.

    This means a lot of new kits and tutorials for Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Waspmote and Intel Galileo. Now we would like to tell you a little bit more in detail about our new kits.

    Our best shields and modules for Arduino, Raspberry Pi and Galileo have now their own kit. For instance, there's a Bluetooth Kit for the Bluetooth module Pro, a Tracking Kit for the GPRS+GPS Quadband Module or the Extreme Range Connectivity Kit for the LoRa module (868MHz/900MHz).

    3G+GPS Mobile Kit

    HVAC & TV Infrared Control Kit

    3G+GPS Mobile Kit (left) & HVAC & TV Infrared Control Kit (right)

    We have completely rearranged our idea of kits and included everything you need in a kit to develop full applications. Apart from the shield itself and some components, every kit contains a few accessories to be used with the shield: as you can see in the image above, the 3G+GPS Mobile Kit comes with GPS and 4G antennas, a thin speaker, an internal speaker, a microphone and a 2MP videocamera.

    In addition to all these new kits we have classified them by Platform, User Level and Category, so you can quickly find the right kit according to your experience, and depending on the field you want to work in.

    Customize Your Kit: Choose Your Platform

    Apart from having put together all these new kits, we also give you the chance to choose the platform you want to work with: Arduino, Raspberry Pi or Intel Galileo. Obviously, if you already have any of these boards and you just want to buy a kit with no platform it's fine.

    As you can see, we tried to supply in this platforms everything you need to program and power these boards, so you can start working right away without having to buy additional items.

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    Raspberry Pi Platform

    Arduino (left) & Raspberry Pi (right) Platforms. Include one of them in your Kit

    Starter Kit

    The Starter Kit has been upgraded and now has a few more components than it used to. Apart from a bunch of resistors and jumper cables, you can find some other basic components like push buttons (4x), potentiometers (2x),a piezo speaker or a breadboard.

    There's also some LEDs (red, green and RGB), sensors (LDR and Temperature), a transistor and a 9V to barrel jack adapter.

    New Starter Kit

    Additionally, we have included a Micro Servo, a Hobby Motor and an LCD screen. These items open a whole new world of applications for your projects: the LCD will allow you to visualize any data from the sensors, and the Motor and Micro Servo, along with the accessories, will provide you with tools for controlling any moving part of your project.

    You can buy this kit separately, but we thought it would be a good idea to have all the items of the Starter Kit in the rest of the kits. This way, if you buy any of them, like the Smart Cards Kit (NFC/RFID 13.56MHz), you will find everything from the Starter Kit in it, so you can make a specific application but with all these common and useful items.

    If you want to check everything you can accomplish with these new kits take a look at the tutorials we have prepared.

    Learning Kit

    The Learning kit is the first step for beginners in the Arduino world. Just like the rest of the kits you can buy it with or without the Arduino platform.

    Similar to the Starter Kit, it contains fairly common components like resistors, LEDs, an LCD display or some push buttons. The difference is that the shield comes unassembled, so you have to place and solder every component yourself (you will need extra tools).

    Learning Kit

    The idea is that you can learn step by step the basics of the through-hole soldering, and once the kit is assembled, you can program several applications to get started with Arduino, like controlling the LEDs with the buttons, displaying the temperature in the LCD or making a real life alarm clock.

    You can follow this detailed tutorial where we tell you how to prepare and solder the shield, download the libraries and complete every example.

    Robot Kit

    This one is also a brand new kit, and, as the Learning Kit, it is supposed to help you improve your soldering and programming skills. The Robot Kit contains everything you need to assemble your own tracked robot, small enough to qualify for Mini Sumo. It has two micro gear motors and a pair of silicone tracks. For detecting impacts and tracking orientation it has a 3-axis accelerometer, and an array of six infrared reflectance sensors enables line following and edge detection.

    Robot Kit

    The Robot is powered by 4 AA batteries and controlled with an Arduino Uno and a motor driver Zumo shield. This kit has its own tutorial where we explain what you need and how to solder and configure the robot. You can find libraries that will make it a little bit easier to control the robot and a few examples to get started, like a border detector, RC robot or a line follower.

    And there's more to come!

    We hope you like our new or upgraded Kits, and find them useful. Stay tuned to know more about our new kits: more to come in this blog. In the meantime, you can check a complete list of all our Kits here.

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