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You Have Until December 18th, 2018 to Complete Your Project to Qualify for the Grand Prize!

 

Grand Prize is OPEN to EVERYONE that follows an MKR Theme and Posts an MKR Project!

 

Massimo Banzi, co-founder of Arduino, and Dominic Pajak, a project person and retro computing geek from Arduino, will be giving a 5 part series of livestreams on the commercial uses of Arduino.  The first of these livestreams will be on September 19th and will cover Arduino MKR: IoT prototype to production .  Many of you have questions about the commercial uses of Arduino.  This is a community of engineers, engineers are smart, smart people ask questions.  Now's your chance to speak to Massimo Banzi directly and ask him your questions!  The final livestream in this series is set for November 14th.

 

Throughout this livestream series , we will be featuring the boards and shields, and asking for your ideas on new projects or repurposing existing projects  While you wait for new installments of the series you may have questions you want to ask Massimo and Dominic before you decide if Arduino works for you.  commercial applications of the MKR line of boards and having you tell us what you would do them. Each contest will revolve around a board.  The first of these contests is Winners Announcement: Auto Hacks and Beyond: Show Us How You Would Use the Arduino MKR WiFi 1010 Board and CAN Shield! and after that is over we'll feature the Arduino MKR WAN 1300 (lora conectivity) and the MKR VIDOR 4000 (on board FPGA).  You can also get your hands on an MKR1000 Kit for coming up with craziest project in the Clustered MCUs contest!

 

Massimo Banzi

Massimo Banzi

Interaction Designer, Teacher, Maker, Bottleneck

Co-founder of Arduino

Dominic Pajak

Dominic Pajak

Product person. Engineer.

Retro computing geek

 

 

Click on the "Enroll Now" buttons below to ask your questions and learn more:

 

Livestream DiscussionDate and TimeSign Up!
Arduino MKR: IoT Prototype to Production®19th September 2018
13:00 (CDT)/19:00 (GMT)
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Arduino MKR and Wireless IoT Connectivity3rd October 2018
13:00 (CDT)/19:00 (GMT)
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Industrial IoT Applications with Arduino MKR17th October 2018
13:00 (CDT)/19:00 (GMT)
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Arduino MKR Vidor 4000 - Democratizing FPGA31st October 2018
13:00 (CDT)/19:00 (GMT)
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Commercial IoT Applications with Arduino MKR14th November 2018
13:00 (CDT)/19:00 (GMT)
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Current Contests:

 

Theme: Auto Hacks and Beyond!

 

In the first contest we'll be exploring the MKR WiFi 1010 board, ideal for prototyping WiFi based IoT applications and the MKR CAN (Controller Area Network) shieldYou can however make a "Panini" out of your MKR board and suggest alternate combinations of shields! Submit your ideas on how you would use it to create a new project or repurpose an existing one. You can also come up with ideas for any of the boards and shields on this page.  After October 18th, we feature a new board and send out MKR WiFi boards and MKR CAN shields to the most deserving ideas before moving onto the next board.

 

Did You Know?

 

The Americas lead the world in connected car IoT projects with 54% of them worldwide.

 

 

Auto Hacks and Beyond with the MKR WiFi 1010 Board and CAN Shield
Winners Announcement: Auto Hacks and Beyond: Show Us How You Would Use the Arduino MKR WiFi 1010 Board and CAN Shield!

Arduino MKR WiFi 1010 Board

Arduino MKR CAN Shield

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The MKR WIFI 1010 is equipped with an ESP32 module from U-BLOX. It speeds up and simplifies prototyping of WiFi based IoT  It aims to speed up and simplify the prototyping of WiFi based IoT applications using the ESP32 module and low power consumption. The board is composed of three main blocks:

  • SAMD21 Cortex-M0+ 32bit Low Power ARM MCU;
  • U-BLOX NINA-W10 Series Low Power 2.4GHz IEEE® 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • ECC508 Crypto Authentication

The MKR WIFI 1010 includes 32-bit computational power, a rich set of I/O interfaces, and low power Wi-Fi with a Cryptochip for secure communication using SHA-256 encryption.

 

The Arduino Software (IDE) simplifies code development and programming. Ideal for IoT battery-powered projects in a compact form.

 

Its USB port can be used to supply power (5V) to the board. It has a Li-Po charging circuit that allows the Arduino MKR WIFI 1010 to run on battery power or an external 5 volt source, charging the Li-Po battery while running on external power. Switching from one source to the other is done automatically.

With this shield you can easily connect to a CAN (Controller Area Network) Bus. Discover new possibilities of interaction between your Arduino MKR Board and the CAN ecosystem.

 

The MKR CAN shield can simplify the connection of the MKR boards with industrial systems and especially with automotive applications.

 

This shield opens a new set of possible applications like smart vehicles, autonomous cars and drones. A CAN connection also provides the possibility to connect a MKR board directly with several types of industrial grade sensors, motors and displays.

 

The MKR CAN shield allows a MKR board to connect to the CAN bus using the MCP2515 SPI to CAN chip.

 

The Arduino MKR CAN Shield uses the MCP2515 chip by Microchip. This chip is an industry standard.

 

The switch close to the CAN bus connector allows to enable or disable the termination resistor.

 

Arduino MKR WiFi 1010 Pinout, SAMD21 Pin Mapping, Tech Specs, Github Links, Schematics, and More!

 

Theme: The Smarter World Challenge

 

Did You Know?

 

Smart City IoT Projects Currently Account for the highest global hare of IoT Projects worldwide!

 

 

The Smarter World Challenge: Build a Smarter World with the MKR WAN 1300 Board and Relay Proto Shield
Build a Smarter World: Propose a Smart Device to Win a Pair of Arduino MKR (LoRa Connectivity) WAN 1300 Boards and MKR Relay Proto Shield!

Arduino MKR WAN 1300 Board

Arduino MKR Relay Proto Shield

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Arduino MKR WAN 1300 allows you to add Lo-Ra connectivity to your projects with minimum previous experience in networking. It is based on the:

  • Atmel SAMD21
  • Murata  CMWX1ZZABZ Lo-Ra module:
    • STMicro STM32L0 Series ARM Cortex MO +32 bit microcontroller
    • Semtech ultra long range spectrum wireless Receiver

Its design allows you to power the board using two 1.5V AA or AAA batteries or external 5V.  Switching from one source to the other is done automatically.

 

It features 32 bit computational power similar to the MKR ZERO board, the usual rich set of I/O interfaces, low power Lo-Ra communication and the ease of use of the Arduino Software (IDE) for code development and programming.

 

All these features make this board the preferred choice for the emerging IoT battery-powered projects in a compact form factor. The USB port can be used to supply power (5V) to the board. The Arduino MKR WAN 1300 is able to run with or without the batteries connected and has limited power consumption.

The MKR Relay Protoshield allows you to easily add relays to your MKR board based project. The shield provides two relays:

  • RELAY1 commanded by pin 1
  • RELAY2 commanded by pin 2

 

The shield also provides easy connection by means of screw terminal blocks to A1 to A4 analog inputs, I2C and supply voltages.

 

  • Operating voltage 3.3V (supplied from the host board)
  • Two relays with NO, COM and NC connections
  • Works with battery powered board Screw terminal blocks for easy connections
  • Carry current: 2 A
  • Max. operating voltage: 125 VAC, 60 VDC
  • Max. operating current: 1 A
  • Max. switching capacity: 62.50 VA, 30W

 

 

Here is a GitHub Link to Getting Started with the MKR WAN 1000:

 

https://github.com/gonzalocasas/arduino-mkr-wan-1300

 

Here is a GitHub link that provides an APIs to Communicate with LoRa and LoRaWAN Networks:

 

https://github.com/arduino-libraries/MKRWAN

 

 

 

Upcoming Contests:

 

 

Theme: You Decide the FPGA Theme

 

A Discussion followed by a Poll will Decide the FPGA Theme that Includes the Following:

 

 

Arduino MKR Vidor 4000 (on board FPGA)Arduino ETH Shield
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With the MKR VIDOR 4000 you can configure it the way you want; you can essentially create your own controller board. It comes loaded with hardware and potential: an 8 MB SRAM; a 2 MB QSPI Flash chip — 1 MB allocated for user applications; a Micro HDMI connector; an MIPI camera connector; and Wifi & BLE powered by U-BLOX NINA W10 Series.

 

 

It also includes the classic MKR interface on which all pins are driven both by SAMD21 and FPGA. Plus, it has a Mini PCI Express connector with up to 25 user programmable pins.

 

The FPGA contains 16K Logic Elements, 504 KB of embedded RAM, and 56 18x18 bit HW multipliers for high-speed DSP.

 

 

Each pin can toggle at over 150 MHz and can be configured for functions such as UARTs, (Q)SPI, high resolution/high frequency PWM, quadrature encoder, I2C, I2S, Sigma Delta DAC, etc.

 

The on-board FPGA can be also used for high-speed DSP operations for audio and video processing. This board also features a Microchip SAMD21. Communication between FPGA and the SAMD21 is seamless.

Are you developing a project for an environment where wireless connections are unavailable or would be inefficient?

 

The MKR ETH shield allows to have a wired Ethernet connection between your MKR board and your network or the Internet. This is particularly useful for devices located where either electromagnetic noise is a problem or there are special safety requirements.



Arduino MKR MEM ShieldArduino MKR Relay Shield
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The Arduino MKR MEM shield will allow you to add more flash memory and storage. It provides 2-megabytes of flash memory. It also includes a slot for adding a microSD card to store several gigabytes of storage. This can allow you to store data for later analysis.

The MKR Relay Protoshield allows you to easily add relays to your MKR board based project. The shield provides two relays called RELAY1 and RELAY2 commanded by pin 1 and pin 2 respectively. The shield also provides easy connection by means of screw terminal blocks to A1 toA4 analog inputs, I2C and supply voltages. Operating voltage 3.3V (supplied from the host board) Two relays with NO, COM and NC connections Works with battery powered board Screw terminal blocks for easy connections Carry current: 2 A Max. operating voltage: 125 VAC, 60 VDC Max. operating current: 1 A Max. switching capacity: 62.50 VA, 30W

 

Arduino MKR RS 485Arduino MKR Connector Carrier
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Thanks to this shield, you can now connect your MKR board to any of the industrial systems that using the RS 485 protocol.

 

The MKR 485 shield is the ultimate expansion that allows MKR boards to connect to almost any legacy industrial system, such as industrial PLCs, controllers, drives and HMIs. Old industrial systems (e.g., machinery, heating systems, and conveyors) can to turned into IoT devices through a serial connection using the MKR 485.
Do you have several components to connect to your project and would rather use connectors instead of soldering? The Arduino MKR CONNECTOR CARRIER provides Seeed Studio's Grove connectors to your MKR board. The MKR CONNECTOR CARRIER shield is an essential tool for rapidly prototyping activity. It allows you to connect easily and quickly sensors with Grove connectors. This shield can allow you to build applications with different IoT connectivities by simply changing the MKR board and with almost no changes to the code.

 

 

The Grand Prize

After all the the MKR boards and shields have been sent out we'll be awarding an Arduino Engineering Kit to the best project that shows how an engineer would use the MKR line to repurpose an existing project or a new project.

 

 

Arduino Engineering Kit - MATLAB/SIMULINK
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Each Arduino Engineering Kit includes:

 

BOARDS
  • 1 Arduino MKR1000 Board
  • 1 Arduino MKR Motor Shield
  • 1 Arduino MKR IMU Shield

 

 

ELECTRICAL COMPONENTS

  • 1 DC Motor
  • 2 Geared DC Motors with Encoder
  • 1 Standard Micro Servo (180 degrees)
  • 1 Hall Sensor Module
  • 1 Ultrasonic Sensor Module
  • 1 Webcam
  • 1 LiPo Battery
  • 1 LiPo Battery Charger
  • 1 Micro USB Cable
  • 1 3-pin to 4-pin Tinkerkit Module Cable
  • 1 3-pin Tinkerkit Module Cable MECHANICAL

COMPONENTS

  • 3 Sets of Assembly Pieces
  • 2 Wheels
  • 1 Caster Wheel
  • 1 Timing Belt
  • 2 Timing Pulley
  • 2 DC Motor Mounting Brackets
  • 1 Metal Shaft (90mm)
  • 2 Metal D Shafts (50mm)
  • 2 Sets of Distance Spacers (6mm, 17mm)
  • 2 Sets of M2 Bolts (10mm, 25mm)
  • 3 Sets of M3 Bolts (10mm, 15mm, 25mm)
  • 1 Set of M2 Nuts
  • 1 Set of M3 Nuts
  • 1 Set of M3 Lock Nuts with Nylon Insert
  • 3 Shaft Collars
  • 1 Propeller Adapter Screw
  • 2 Magnets Ø8 mm
  • 1 Thread 5m
  • 2 Whiteboard Pens
  • 1 Sticker for Vision Recognition

The Arduino Engineering Kit is the ideal solution for university students, providing a state-of-the-art, hands-on incorporation of Arduino technology in an educational setting.

 

The kit is primarily for three types of users:

  • Students learning about engineering at a university or at a vocational school (e.g., Introductory Engineering, Controls, Mechatronics courses);
  • Professors teaching engineering who also want practical resources to demonstrate engineering concepts;
  • Makers with an interest or background in engineering, either professionally or as a hobby.

The Arduino Engineering Kit covers fundamental engineering concepts, key aspects of mechatronics, and MATLAB and Simulink programming.Included projects challenges students intellectually and helps develop physical engineering skills — and they’re just fun to do.

  • Self-Balancing Motorcycle This motorcycle will maneuver on its own on various terrains and remain upright using a flywheel for balance. It’s very exciting to build and to see in action.
  • Mobile Rover This vehicle can navigate between given reference points, move objects with a forklift and much more. It’s very fun to make and use.
  • Whiteboard Drawing Robot This amazing robot can take a drawing it’s given and duplicate it on a whiteboard. It’s most impressive.

 

The kit is sold in a hard plastic, stackable tool box for storage and years of reuse. Inside the box is an easy-to-use Arduino MKR1000 board, several customized parts, and a complete set of electrical and mechanical components needed to assemble all three projects

 

 

 

You Have Until December 18th, 2018 to Complete Your Project to Qualify for the Grand Prize!

 

You don't need to win a board to qualify for the Grand Prize!  Simply submit a project based on any of the themes above!