Business start Kickstarter for 3G addon for Arduino and Raspberry Pi




The company SparqEE is a Kickstarter project for an addon that can be used to connect. Arduino or a Raspberry Pi developer board with a mobile network used People who donate 69 dollars or more would be given piece of hardware in November.

Although there already 3g/gsm-modules for Arduino and Raspberry Pi exist, according to the developers SparqEE too expensive and too big. Their solution, the CELLv1.0 , is less expensive and small enough to be able to be. incorporated into a commercial product The first hundred people through Kickstarter 69 dollars transfer are part of the early bird group. If that’s full, people pay $ 79 for the hardware.

The hardware consists of two parts: a small PCB containing a chip from the Chinese manufacturer ZTE that the connection to GSM networks accounts for, and a jumper board. The latter controls the power and causes can be. Both 3.3V and 5V used The small package can then be on an Arduino and Raspberry Pi confirmed via a so-called shield.

The development of the Cell SparqEE began in March of this year and the first prototypes were built in June. In late August, the Kickstarter project, which is now still in draft status, start with the goal in total to collect. $ 70,000 Should that happen, then the plan before the end of the year to produce and deliver the hardware.

SparqEE is not going to sell only the hardware: the company will also offer a free infrastructure that developers can use to make their CELLv1.0 connection. In addition, the company also offer cheap SIM cards, which CELLv1.0 for $ 2 per month can be online.

SparqEE module voor Arduino en Raspberry Pi


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