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More memory and new watchdog features for Arduino Cloud library

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We have very big plans for Arduino Cloud this year, which took a major leap forward with the recent name change. But that’s not all we’re working on. We’ve already got some exciting new features to bring to you, including a watchdog timer that keeps your hardware ticking.

WiFi Module Firmware Update

First of all, we’re updating the WiFi module firmware on Arduino Cloud-compatible boards. It’ll be moving to a newer version (1.4.4), as well as the library used to connect devices to Arduino Cloud. 

These measures will significantly reduce memory footprint on SAMD. The primary benefit of which is allowing for larger user sketches than was previously possible.

Just follow the process below to update your boards to the latest WiFi firmware.

How to Update Your Firmware

  • The WiFi module firmware is updated automatically when uploading a new sketch from Web Editor or Arduino Cloud interface. So you don’t need to take any action to do this.
  • If you want to manually apply a firmware update, go to “Devices” and select your device. Look for “NINA firmware” in device properties. If the device firmware is older than 1.4.4, an update button will be available. Please remember that if you update firmware this way, you’ll have to re-upload your sketch when it’s complete.

Watchdog Function

This release of the Arduino Cloud IoT library also adds watchdog functionality. It’s intended for all ATSAMD21G18-based cloud-connected boards such as MKR boards and Nano 33 IoT.

The watchdog is essentially an electronic timer, counting down from a preset value. When it hits zero, the watchdog triggers a reset of the microcontroller. The timer is periodically reset to its starting value at the beginning of the loop() function, which means the software is running smoothly.

Should something on your Arduino board crash, the starting value doesn’t get reset and the watchdog eventually restarts it. This will save you a lot of time as it helps to automatically recover from temporary hardware faults or unrecoverable software errors whenever you have an unattended or remote device. Watchdog enabled by default, but can easily be disabled, should you wish to.

You can read more about the new watchdog functionality here. Come and join us on the forum to let us know how the new features are working out for you.

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Say hello to Arduino Cloud, more things and two new plans

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In our quest for a fully integrated online experience, Arduino Create has been expanded over the years to include many additional features. It enables everyone to write code, compile and upload directly from the browser, connect IoT devices, and build real-time dashboards. As it grew, it called for a new name: the Create platform became the Arduino Cloud. This change will be gradually applied, so you’ll still see the old name around for a bit.

Arduino Cloud Subscription Plans

Apart from this, we have big news today. Based upon your feedback, we’re happy to announce two new Cloud plans and significant free upgrades to the existing ones.

If you’re a new explorer, you can start with the Free plan. Use it to build your IoT project and easily control it from your smartphone with the Arduino IoT Remote app (available for iOS and Android). Now you can connect two devices rather than just one, as well as creating unlimited dashboards.

Check out the new Arduino Cloud plans

Or, for just $2.99/month, benefit from unlimited storage and compilation time with the new Entry plan. Access advanced features, up to 10 things, 15 days of data retention and over the air updates. 

If you need more control and power, the Maker plan has everything from the Entry plan, and is increasing from five to 25 things. It has shared dashboards and 90 days of data retention (previously 15) for the same great price of $6.99/month. Existing users will receive this upgrade automatically.

For those managing small fleets, things can get serious! Jump into the new Maker Plus plan at $23.99/month. This solution gives you up to 100 things, one year of data retention, and all features from the other plans.

Plans can be subscribed to monthly or yearly. With a one-off yearly payment, you can save up to 30% off your subscription and receive a $30 voucher for your next purchase on the Arduino store.

That’s not all. We’re working around the clock to enhance your experience on our existing platforms while cooking up new cloud-based solutions, services and community features. They’ll be available in the future to all Arduino users, so stay tuned.

Get started with the Arduino Cloud now!

Note for existing Free plan users: You can now use third-party devices such as ESP8266, which previously required a paid plan subscription. API usage now requires an Entry plan; if you have existing API keys, those will continue to work until June 1st, 2021.

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Now free! Get the Arduino Create app for Chrome classrooms

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In the latest Arduino Education update, we’ve made the Arduino Create app free for Chrome. From today, as many educators, students, and parents around the world as possible can now access the Arduino Create Agent.

Arduino Chrome app is now free

What is Arduino Create (soon to become Arduino Cloud)?

Arduino Create is an online platform that lets students write code, access tutorials, configure boards, and share projects. 

Designed to provide users with a continuous workflow, Arduino Create connects the dots from inspiration to creation. This means students can manage every aspect of their projects right from a single dashboard.

Get the app for Chrome and Chromebooks

The app lets you use the Arduino Create on Chromebooks. You can then code online and save your sketches in the Cloud. Then you can upload them to any Arduino board connected to your computer, and do it all without having to install anything locally.

Developed with the classroom in mind, the Arduino Create app runs on Chrome OS. It enables you to teach and play with Arduino electronics and programming in a shared environment. Because it’s a Cloud-based environment, you can also be sure it’s always up-to-date. All the contributed libraries are automatically included, and any new Arduino boards are supported out-of-the-box.

Arduino’s CEO, Fabio Violante, says, “The aim of Arduino Education is to put technology into the hands of every student around the world. Making Arduino Create free, and therefore more accessible, is a step towards doing this. We’re proud to provide open-source software, and want to inspire students and educators in STEAM learning.”

Download the Arduino Create app here, and join us on the forums to tell us about your experiences.

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Work remotely with Arduino Create — get a free upgrade now

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To help individuals work remotely and share their designs with team members, we’re providing a free three-month upgrade to the Arduino Create Maker plan to all 1.4 million users of Create as well as new subscribers to the service. With Arduino Create everything is ready to go; there is no need to install libraries and you can quickly share your sketch with teammates via just a URL. 

To gain your free three-month upgrade* all you need to do is go to Arduino Create choose the “Maker” plan with the default monthly option and enter the voucher code “CREATE4FREE” during the purchase process.

Arduino Create enables users to write code, access content, configure boards and share projects. Features such as an always up-to-date online IDE and the ability to share builds and receive feedback from other facilities means you can work from home efficiently and effectively. If you don’t want to start a project from scratch there’s always the option to tap into the power of the community on the Arduino Project Hub by browsing projects and making them your own. 

The ‘Maker’ plan comes with the added benefits of up to 250 sketches allowed in your sketchbook along with 200MB space to store those sketches and libraries. You can manage more connected objects (five ‘things’) with up to 20 properties per ‘thing,’ enabling the development of complete IoT solutions. Automating processes remotely is further enabled by the Maker plan including access to set up and remotely control 5 of each cloud enabled Arduino board, three cloud-enabled Linux devices, and one cloud-enabled generic third-party board.

Find out more details about Arduino Create and all the features included in the Maker plan here.

*The ‘free 3-month upgrade to Create Maker is applicable to the monthly plan and is limited to new subscribers only. Voucher code “CREATE4FREE” expires June 30th, 2020. 

Please note the first monthly payment will start three months after you purchase the plan, and you are able to cancel your subscription at any time.