Arduino LLC has just launched its very first Kickstater campaign with ESLOV IoT Invention Kit combines a WiFI board and modules, a visual code editor, and Arduino Cloud. The goal of the project is to let people connect devices to the cloud without needing any programming skills, although the Arduino IDE can still be used for more advanced users.
- MCU – Microchip (previously Atmel) SAMD21 ARM Cortex-M0+ micro-controller @ 48 MHz with 32KB RAM, 256 KB flash
- Connectivity – Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
- USB – 1x micro USB port for programming and power
- Sensor – One motion sensor
- Expansion – 5-pin ESLOV connector based on I2C protocol plus a multifunction pin for wakeup, IRQ, and discovery
The ESLOV hub would then connect to tiny (2.5 x 2.5cm) ESLOV modules based on Atmega ATmega328P MCU, and communicating through the ESLOV protocol. 25 different modules will be provided at first with sensors, motor controller, OLED displays, buttons, LEDs, and so on.
The net step is to decided which ESLOV modules you need, and connect them to the Wireless hub and other ESLOV modules for your project, and start ESLOV visual code editor to virtually connect them, and define actions.
Finally, you’ll be able to control everything using Arduino Cloud from a web interface, or a mobile app.
Potential projects include a washing machine notifier, a light theremin, a baby monitor, a seismic monitor, a smart thermostat, an irrigation system and so on. As usual for Arduino project, both hardware and software will be fully open sourced.
Arduino is trying to raise $500,000 for the project, with pledges starting at $55 for the Wireless and Motion hub, $99 for the hub with 3 modules of your choice, $499 with hub + 21 modules, and up to $4900 if you want access to Arduino development team beside multiple hubs and modules to develop your own Arduino certified module. If you feel it’s rather expensive, you may not be the only one, as the campaign has just raised about $28,000 in the first two days.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.