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    Arduino | The MKR Contest Series: Show Us How You Would Use the Arduino MKR Line!


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      Over the next 3 months we're going to be running a series of mini contests to encourage community members to repurpose their existing Arduino projects using the new MKR line.  Or to do new projects that demonstrates how an engineer would use the new MKR Line in their projects.


      Current Contests:


      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, EAGLE Files, Github, Schematics, Reference Links, FAQ, and More!


      Submission Deadline:


      Submit Ideas until October 8th. 


      On October 15th we'll have a Winners Announcement and send out the board and shield to repurpose an existing project or do a new project! 




      Project14:  Clustered MCUs
      Project14 | Clustered MCUs:  Anything Goes with Two or More MCUs!Clustered MCUs
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      The kit is based around the MKR1000—a powerful board that combines the functionality of the Zero and the Wi-Fi Shield—and enables Makers to add connectivity to their designs with minimal prior networking experience.


      Each bundle includes: 1 Arduino MKR1000 board, with header soldered. 1 micro USB cable, 1 400-point breadboard, 70 solid-core jumper wires, 1 9V battery snap, 1 stranded jumper wire, 6 phototransistors, 3 potentiometers (10 kilohm),10 pushbuttons,1 temperature sensor (TMP36),1 tilt sensor, 1 alphanumeric LCD (16 x 2 characters), 1 bright white, 34 LEDs (1 bright white, 1 RGB, 8 red, 8 green, 8 yellow, 3 blue), 1 small DC motor (6/9V), 1 small servo motor, 1 piezo capsule (PKM17EPP-4001-B0), 1 H-bridge motor driver (L293D), 1 octocouplers (4NE5), 2 MOSFET transistors (IRF520), 5 capacitors (100uF), 5 diodes (1N4007), 3 transparent gels (R,G,B) 1 male pin strip (40 x 1), 20 resistors (220 ohm), 5 resistors (560 ohm), 5 resistors (1 kilohm), 5 resistors (4.7 kilohm), 20 resistors (10 kilohm), 5 resistors (1 megohm), 5 resistors (10 megohm)


      Included Projects: I Love You Pillow, Puzzle Box, Pavlov's Cat, The Nerd, and Plant Communicator,

      • Allows you to turn your Arduino form factor based project into a MKR based one
      • Integrated LiPo battery charger
      • Operating Voltage 3.3V / DC
      • Current 700 mA
      • Input Voltage (recommended): 7-12V
      • Features 14 Digital I/O Pins, 6 Analog Input Pins and 1 Analog Output Pin Compatible with Arduino Uno


      Example Projects: Clustered MCUs
      Arduino Powered MSE-6 (Mouse Droid) - Droid in ActionFingerprint Skeleton Key - RFID Module
      Clustered MCUs Vote or Submit Your Ideas!

      Here's to the crazy ones: the theme this month is Clustered MCUs and it comes from 14rhb.  You can do any project that involves two or more MCUs. To make things interesting we are offering a Grand Prize Package of an Arduino MKR IoT Bundle(includes the MKR1000 Dev Board), an MKR1000 & Uno Shield Interface Adapter Board, an Arduino Uno, and some swag for the craziest project that uses two or more microcontrollers!


      You can use any two microcontrollers or combinations of microcontrollers from any manufacturer.  It doesn't matter what board its on.  Arduino  is a popular choice for many of you on the community and it would be great to see some more Arduino Projects .  The MKR1000 kit and MKR1000 & Shield Interface were originally ordered in advance of the Open Arduino competition.  This was held to celebrate the birthday of Project14 by celebrating the birthday of Arduino .  They were also included in the kit used for the Design for a Cause - Design Challenge .


      When we had the Project14 | The Birthday Special: Open Arduino: The Winners Announcement! , the grand prize was still waiting on the MKR1000 Kit and shield interface.  jomoenginer was the grand prize for his Imperial Mouse Droid project.  It used both an Arduino Uno and an Arduino Yun. Luckily,  Arduino who was sponsoring the Design for a Cause - Design Challenge stepped up to send over an MKR1000 Kit and MKR1000 & Shield interface and get it included with the rest of the Grand Prize winnings!



      Submission Deadline: Submit any project that combines two or more microcontrollers from now until October 15th!


      Upcoming Contests:


      Arduino MKR WAN 1300 (LoRa Connectivity)Arduino MKR Vidor 4000 (on board FPGA)
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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 and a Murata  CMWX1ZZABZ Lo-Ra module.


      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. A good 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.

      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.

      In the comments below help come up with themes to do around the following MKR Add ons:



      Arduino MKR ETH ShieldArduino MKR Connector Carrier
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      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.

      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.

      In the comments below help come up with themes to do around the following MKR Add ons:



      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.

      In the comments below help come up with themes to do around the following MKR Add ons:




      You Can Help Decide the Next Two Themes in the Comments Below!


      The Next Contest Will Begin on September 17th and have winners selected on October 15th!


      It will be Followed By another Contest that will Begin on October 1st and winners selected after November 1st 



      In the comments below help come up with themes to do around Arduino MKR LoRa and Arduino MKR Vidor!


      The Grand Prize:


      An Arduino Engineering Kit will be sent to the member whose project demonstrates the best use of the new MKR board for engineering.  You don't need to win any of these boards to qualify for the grand prize.  Simply have your MKR project up by December 3rd and we'll pick a winner on December 10th.  Be sure to tag it with mkr_projects or post it in Arduino Projects !



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


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




      • 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


      • 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