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Say hello to the new Arduino Oplà IoT Kit: Experience the Internet of Things in your hands!

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We’re excited to announce the launch of the Arduino Oplà Kit, the first open programmable IoT platform that allows you to add smart connectivity to the devices around your home or workplace and build custom IoT devices. 

The Oplà IoT Kit contains all the hardware necessary to create eight connected applications, access to an online platform with assembly instructions, and a 12-month subscription to the Arduino Create Maker Plan. This kit is perfect for beginners with basic DIY experience, while more advanced users can leverage it to customize and hack their smart applications and devices, with full control of their data and processes. 

Eight out-of-the-box projects to connect your home or workplace

The projects included in the Oplà IoT Kit enable users to turn everyday appliances into smart appliances, which can be controlled remotely on a mobile phone: 

  • Remote Controlled Lights — Change color, light modes, and switch on/off
  • Personal Weather Station — Record and monitor local weather conditions
  • Home Security Alarm — Detect motion and trigger warnings
  • Solar System Tracker — Retrieve data from planets and moons in the solar system
  • Inventory Control — Track goods in and out
  • Smart Garden — Monitor and manage the environment for your plants
  • Thermostat Control — Smart control for heating and cooling systems
  • Thinking About You — Send messages between the kit and the Arduino IoT Cloud

Create, connect, control. The Internet of Things has never been so easy! 

No soldering is required with the Oplà IoT Kit, which is based on a MKR IoT carrier with an OLED color display, on-board environmental sensors and capacitive touch buttons. The kit also includes a MKR WiFi 1010 board, a circular plastic enclosure and supporting accessories, such as two cables, a motion sensor, a moisture sensor, and a USB cable. 

To build applications, users can rely on the Oplà online platform. Each project includes goals, an intro to the components, step-by-step instructions with illustrations and videos to guide you through assembling the product and building the code. 

Finally, the kit acts as the physical interface of the Arduino IoT Cloud and comes with a 12-month subscription to the Arduino Create Maker Plan, offering unlimited compilation time and extended access to all the features of the Arduino IoT Cloud. 

When creating the Oplà IoT Kit, we wanted to design a platform that would allow anyone to gain a complete experience of what the Internet of Things has to offer around the home or workplace and I really believe we have achieved this. It is a great kit for users to build custom devices and enjoy being creative, no matter your level of experience,” says Arduino CEO Fabio Violante. “With this launch, we take yet another step towards lowering the barrier to entry for IoT development and cannot wait to see the projects created by users embracing connected devices both in their homes and at work.” 

The Oplà IoT Kit is available on the Arduino online store.

How can we help? New Help Center makes it easier than ever to enjoy Arduino

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The Arduino Customer support team is excited to announce the final release of the Arduino Help Center. A place where you can find answers to your questions and lots of useful troubleshooting articles to help you enjoy and get the most out of the Arduino experience.  

With the active Arduino community finding ever more creative ways to use an Arduino, building a purposeful help center with customers at heart has been a challenge that we enjoyed taking. The design, development and customer support teams have been studying all the different contact points in our ecosystem to gather more information and insights on how users interact with Arduino; providing a solid foundation to build a Help Center with useful sections and friendly navigation.

One primary aim of putting together the Help Center was to specifically make it easier for new Arduino users to access all the information that can help them to get the most out of their Arduino experience. This new solution expands the channels we use to support our customers, and rest assured we are still here to help if you can’t find the answer you’re looking for — plus there is the Arduino forum with millions of community members out there willing to share their tips. Given the constantly active nature of the Arduino community, we will continue to add new articles on a monthly basis with the most topical and useful solutions.

How  to use the new Arduino Help Center?

The Arduino Help Center is always available — simply click ‘Help’ in the bottom right of your screen.

Once there you will find 4 main sections:

  • Search bar: The search will immediately find any relevant article within the Help Center. For instance, if you are looking for information about the ‘MKR NB 1500’,  simply type the name of the board and you will have access to all the available articles for this board.
  • Articles: For each of navigation the articles have divided into 6 categories:
    • Hardware Products: boards and shields (by family)
    • Software: IDE and Libraries. 
    • Arduino Create Apps: Web editor, Arduino IoT cloud, Arduino Sim card and linux devices.
    • Education: All our educational offers.
    • Store Support: orders, shipping and payments.
    • About Arduino:  Using your Arduino account, Arduino logos and trademark.
  • Tutorials: Useful tutorials including ‘getting started’ and examples to explore.
  • Additional Support: Other ways to interact with the Arduino Customer support and the Arduino Community  (The Arduino Forum, our contact us forms and our discord server).

What is next?

Our customers and community are fundamental for our evolution and the Help Center is just the first move towards a better customer experience. Therefore we want to hear from all of you and for now we want to understand how relevant is every article and if it helped you solve your question. Just by answering the questions at the end of the article, it helps us to produce better and more accurate explanations. Also, don’t hesitate on suggesting new articles or fixes through our contact us form. 

Get ready to Explore IoT with Arduino Education

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This week we are launching our  Arduino Explore IoT Kit, which allows high school and college students to take their first steps in building connected devices. Educators can make a complex subject simple – explore the Internet of Things right now with Arduino Education. 

Aimed at the beginner,  there is a complete set of easy to follow online projects providing students with a  gateway into the digital world of connected objects and how people work together.

The kit comes complete with a complimentary 12 months subscription to the Arduino Create Maker plan, meaning it’s quicker and easier than ever to learn how to monitor, manage and control devices using the cloud – with the new Arduino IoT Cloud Remote app you can now do this ‘on the go’ via your mobile.

We recently spoke to Sara Willner-Giwerc, (a PhD candidate at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts, US) about her amazing work using the Internet of Things in education – helping to show just how useful the new Explore IoT Kit will be.

“By leveraging the Internet of Things, students are able to build more powerful systems that are no longer limited to only the resources they physically possess. This technological capability presents a cool opportunity for students to experience how they can be more powerful when they connect and collaborate with others than they can be on their own. “

“Especially now, in this time of social distancing and remote learning, the ability to communicate with devices that aren’t physically near us has become even more essential than it was previously. I’m really excited about the idea of using IoT to help students think about designing for more global systems.” 

Read the full article about Sara here

Here’s what a student had to say about the new Explore IoT Kit, when he got the chance to try out an advanced version:

“I would describe it as a very beginner-friendly way to get started with the Internet of Things, and a kit that you will be able to expand upon with your own ideas and components.”

“…the getting started section got me really excited to actually get started because it inspired all these thought streams of what I could potentially create with the kit.” Oliver Kempel – Danish High School Student 

The kit features 10 activities for students to develop a complete understanding of IoT:

  • Using the IoT Cloud and connected devices: Control physical objects, such as a displays or lights, remotely with the Arduino IoT Cloud
  • Collecting, processing, and storing data: Store data locally, wirelessly, and remotely for analysis and backup
  • Graphing and visualizing data and understanding its meaning: Use different tools and techniques to graph data and interpret the information collected
  • Serial communication, APIs, JSON, and web servers: Learn the essentials of how APIs (application programming interfaces) work, how to access remote web servers, and how to store the incoming data in JSON objects to create devices that can access all sorts of data from all over the world, and display it locally
  • Network security considerations: Understand how software developers protect devices and information from unauthorized access
  • Different sensors and how to use them: Investigate the environment using temperature, humidity, and light sensors, collect data about movement using an accelerometer, pressure, and motion sensors, take care of your plants by following the data from moisture and light sensors
  • Actuators and how to use them: Use lights, sound, display, and relays: electronic components used to activate high power devices, to visualize data, and control external devices

The Explore IoT Kit is available to buy now from our Education Partners locally or from the Arduino Store for only €99 / $114.

N.B. In addition to the Explore IoT Kit,  a second kit the “Oplà IoT Kit” will also be coming soon, targeting makers and professionals alike who are after an out-of-the-box IoT experience. The Oplà IoT Kit will enable users to instantly add connectivity to devices for the home and workplace – available to buy from early October onwards.

Touch Less, Do More Challenge winners announced!

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The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we interact with people, things, and the world around us. A few months ago, we launched the Touch Less, Do More Challenge, calling on our community to build solutions based on Arduino Nano or MKR boards to enforce social distancing or enable touch-free technologies.

More than 1,000 participants submitted solutions to the contest in hopes of winning tens of thousands of dollars in prizes, including hardware from Newark, Dragon Innovation product assessment, and Hackster marketing support.

The judging panel — composed by Massimo Banzi (Arduino Co-Founder), Nishant Nishant (Avnet VP & Global Head of Digital), Benedetta Piantella (Design Researcher and  Professor at NYU), Alessandro Ranellucci (Arduino Chief of Open Source Community) and Alex Glow (IoT Media at Hackster) — selected the best projects. Without further ado, here are your winners…

Overall Winner

Intangible Surface

Buttons can be found everywhere from light switches and pedestrian crossings to elevators and kiosks. These buttons, however, can also be a catalyst in the spread of viruses. This led Swapnil Verma to come up with a gesture and IoT-based touchless interface that provides a simple, intuitive, and most of all, germ-free way of interacting with the digital world.

Touch-Free Category

1st Place: Complex Signs Recognition & Person Counter for Automation

Jean Perardel‘s Grumpy Hedgehog is a MKR WiFi 1010-controlled gadget that, thanks to an LCD screen, allows users to read and communicate through hand signs and movements. With GrumpyHedgehog, anyone can operate a send keyboard commands to a computer, track the number of patrons in a store on a smartphone, relay encrypted information to a server, turn on the lights, and much more.

2nd Place: Spectrino TinyML Arduino & IoT Based Touch- Free Solutions

15-year-old Dhruv Sheth has impressively designed an intelligent system comprised of six solutions that automate commonly used devices throughout homes and in public to prevent COVID-19 transmission. These solutions — which are built upon the MKR WiFi 1010 and Nano 33 BLE Sense — include a smart intercom, a temperature monitor, a voice-controlled elevator, a mask detector, a queue management system, and a sanitization system.

Social Distancing Category

1st Place: COVID-19 Simple Friendly Social Distance Robot Watchzi

draakje156‘s Nano-powered robot easily sits on a desk, cash register, or elsewhere to measure the distance between itself and any approaching person, emitting a light and sound alarm if someone comes within six feet.

2nd Place: Small Store Congestion Warning

Ever wish you could know how crowded a shop was before entering? With this in mind, Ian Mercer created low-cost storefront indicator to help at-risk individuals decide whether it’s a good time to go in or best to wait until later by tracking cell phone BLE traffic via a MKR WiFi 1010.

Introducing a new way of browsing Arduino

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This article was written by Isabela Freire from the Design Team.

On behalf of the Arduino Design and Web Teams, we’re proud to announce a new navigation for our online ecosystem to improve your Arduino experience.

Arduino’s commitment is to put our users in the center of what we do and make complex technology easy. Not only as our mission, but as part of our workflow and method. In the past couple of years, Arduino has been investing more and more time and resources to improve the broader user experience across our whole digital ecosystem — we have almost tripled the Design and Web Teams to achieve this goal!

Speaking of which, if you’ve been using our website in the past month you probably noticed we have a brand new search engine. Here’s what you can do now quickly, all in one place:

  • Find all the documentation that will help you with your next project (being it a tutorial, a library, a reference entry, you name it);
  • Look up for hardware in our store using specific filters;
  • Search for forum threads (even old ones!);
  • Browse tutorials and tips on Project Hub; 
  • Read through our blog posts, sorting them by category and year. 

So you will no longer find yourself inadvertently taken off into the outer reaches of Google — it’s all here searchable and findable within Arduino.

The new search engine is just the tip of the iceberg. We are in the quest of improving the overall user experience of all Arduino websites. That’s why today we are also introducing the new headers and footers

Arduino’s offering is pretty diverse, with a rich and complex digital ecosystem. We not only provide powerful hardware, software, and digital services, but online platforms with content and spaces to share and create community as well. Further to months of testing and trials, the new headers and footers are to be as lean as possible for our users, enabling you to find what you are looking for in the shortest amount of time — leaving you to focus all your energy on creating, learning, developing, having fun, and building professional projects with Arduino! 

It doesn’t matter where you begin your journey, either on Arduino.cc, Arduino Education, Arduino Pro or in the Arduino Store, you will notice our headers now have two main parts. One we call the first level (number 1 in the image above), which provides a global experience where users can navigate between our main websites, our new search bar engine, their user profile and a menu for our Arduino Create apps. The second level (number 2 in the image above) is a contextual menu that displays internal links that vary depending on which Arduino website you are in.

This is the first of a number of improvements we are going to release in the forthcoming months. We’re always open to feedback that will enhance your experience, so please share your opinions (positive or negative) with us in the comment section below, or in our Forum or on Discord. Please don’t hesitate to contact our Support team if there’s anything we can help you with or to report a bug whenever you spot one. 🙂

CLI and IDE get better together

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This article was written by Silvano Cerza and Ubi de Feo from the Arduino Tooling team.

Over the past two months our newly established Tooling Team has taken over operations concerning the Arduino CLI and Pro IDE.

We’ve been silent at work in our little rooms, striving to come up with solutions to reported issues and feature requests.

As time went on, the development of the CLI and Pro IDE has been moving forward in a parallel fashion, so here we bring you new versions of both applications for you to play with and build your workflows around.

arduino-cli 0.12.0

The new Arduino CLI is alive and kicking!

Highlights for this release include:

  • We introduced high-level update, outdated, upgrade commands to make arduino-cli more package manager like
  • Package index is now downloaded automatically at first run
  • Custom post-installation scripts can now be executed safely (3rd party cores will issue non blocking warnings)
  • Slight but useful UX improvements
  • Bugfixes
  • Security bugfixes

Remember, we have CLI nightly builds if you want to stay updated on the latest features!

Release link

Arduino Pro IDE

The Arduino Pro IDE is now better than ever! The team squeezed out a very juicy release, enough to skip ahead in the version numbers and jump from 0.0.6 to 0.1.0.

Highlights for this release include:

  • Updated the bundled CLI version to ‘0.12.0’
  • Reworked the menu organization
  • Added support for upload using external programmers
  • UI bugfixes aplenty

We are pleased to announce that from now on we have nightly builds available if you want to try out the latest features (and bugfixes). They can be found at the links below depending on your preferred operating System:

Release link