Arduino Makes Internet of Things Simple with Launch of New Oplà IoT Kit

October 27, 2020 Tiera Oliver

Arduino announced the launch of its new Oplà IoT Kit. According to the company, Oplà is the first open programmable IoT platform that allows anyone to build custom IoT devices, with full control over personal data. The entry-level kit comes complete with a set of 8 self-assemble projects ready to show you how to turn everyday devices into ‘smart devices’. 

The Arduino Oplà IoT Kit allows you to manage and control connected devices from multiple interfaces, such as the Oplà hardware device, custom web dashboards, and the iOS/Android mobile app. 

The kit contains 8 IoT projects that can offer different experiences for each user based on their individual level of expertise, from maker to professional. This includes 4 out-of-the-box projects that are ready to deploy around the house: remote controlled lights, a home weather station, a smart garden, and a thermostat control. In addition, there are 4 projects for users to grasp core IoT concepts and how they can be integrated into real-life applications: home security alarm, solar system tracker, remote messaging, and inventory management - all of which can be monitored and controlled via the Arduino IoT Cloud. More projects will be released in the future as online tutorials, in addition to projects shared by the community of users on Arduino Project Hub.

With no soldering necessary, the Oplà IoT Kit is ideal for beginners, but it is also a suitable resource for experienced users. It is based on the Oplà unit, which is a carrier board with an OLED color display, on-board sensors (temperature, humidity, pressure, IMU, light), capacitive touch buttons, buzzer, color LEDs, 24V relays, SD card reader. The carrier includes a slot for a battery with an integrated battery charger, which makes the device portable and wireless. The kit also contains an MKR WiFi 1010 board and a round plastic enclosure, and two more external sensors, such as motion sensor and moisture sensor. Thanks to the swappable MKR WiFi 1010 board, users will be able to choose another connectivity method by plugging another board from the MKR family in order to switch to GSM, LoRa, NarrowBand, or more.

The Oplà IoT Kit acts as the physical interface of the Arduino IoT Cloud, which allows users to build dashboards and plot data in real-time, while browsing values along a timeline. This is all controllable from a mobile with the Arduino IoT Remote app. Compatibility with Amazon Alexa enables voice control to integrate custom connected devices into a real-life setting. The kit comes with a 12 months subscription to the Arduino Create MKR Plan, with premium access to the Arduino IoT Cloud.

For more information, please visit https://promo.arduino.cc/opla-iot-kit and https://promo.arduino.cc/explore-iot-kit.

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Tiera Oliver, edtorial intern for Embedded Computing Design, is responsible for web content edits as well as newsletter updates. She also assists in news content as far as constructing and editing stories. Before interning for ECD, Tiera had recently graduated from Northern Arizona University where she received her B.A. in journalism and political science and worked as a news reporter for the university's student led newspaper, The Lumberjack.

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