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28 October 2020

Arduino has launched the Oplà kit, an open programmable internet of things (IoT) platform that allows makers and designers to add smart connectivity to devices in the home or workplace.

The Oplà kit contains all the hardware to create eight connected applications and provides beginners with basic do-it-yourself assembly instructions while more advanced users can leverage the kit to create and hack smart applications and devices, with full control of the data and processes.

The IoT kit turns ordinary appliances into smart appliances that can be controlled on a smartphone including: remote controlled lights, changing color and turning on/off; record and monitor local weather conditions; home security, detect motion and trigger warnings; solar system tracker to retrieve data from planets and moons; inventory control to track goods in and out; smart garden, to monitor and manage the environment for plants; thermostat control, for heating and cool systems; and sending messages between the kit and the Arduino IoT cloud.

Arduino said the kit does not require soldering and includes on-board environmental sensors and capacitive touch buttons. The kit also includes a Wi-Fi 1010 board, a circular plastic enclosure and supporting accessories such as two cables, a motion sensor, a moisture sensor and USB cable.

“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,” said Fabio Violante, CEO of Arduino. “It is a great kit for users to build custom devices and enjoy being creative, no matter your level of experience. 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.”

When building applications, customers can use the Oplà online platform that includes goals, an intro to components, step-by-step instructions with illustrations and videos to guide through assembling the product and building the code.

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