Makers and developers that are looking for a small Arduino board with built-in wireless functionality may be interested to know that the Arduino MKR1000 development board is now available to purchase directly from the Adafruit online store.
Basically the Arduino MKR1000 is a combination of an Arduino Zero board which has been combined with WINC1500 WiFi in a small all-in-one package and is perfect for Internet of Things projects and more.
Adafruit explains a little more about the specifications of the Arduino MKR1000 and its features :
Like our Adafruit Feathers, the board includes a LiPo charging connector so you can take your IoT project on the go. This lets the board run on battery power in addition to an external 5V. You can also charge your LiPo battery while running on external power and switching from power source to power source happens automatically.
There’s also the usual set of I/O interaces from the Arduino team, including low power Wi-Fi with soft AP SSL support with an ATMEL cryptochip for securing communication and the ease of use of the Arduino IDE so you can develop code and program your board. This is a great choice for IoT battery-powered projects.
** Warning: Unlike most Arduino & Genuino boards, the MKR1000 runs at 3.3V. The maximum voltage that the I/O pins can tolerate is 3.3V. Applying voltages higher than 3.3V to any I/O pin could damage the board. While output to 5V digital devices is possible, bidirectional communication with 5V devices needs proper level shifting.
Jump over to the official Adafruit online store to purchase your very own Arduino MKR1000 priced at $44.95. If you like making Arduino projects you may enjoy building your very own Arduino wind speed meter that requires just basic Arduino skills.
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