With the start of the new year, we have exciting WisBlock news for you. This time we are not only launching new modules, but new RAK Developer Kits as well, which combine a WisBlock Kit with a RAK Developer Gateway, everything you need to start exploring the LoRaWAN® world.
And not to forget the first of its kind—the WisBlock Solutions. WisBlock Solutions are ready-to-use, assembled devices with an AT Command interface, like our WisNode products. But WisBlock Solutions are all Open Source—we provide you with the complete source code, so you can change the functionality to your needs.
WisBlock Solution: GNSS Location Tracker for LoRaWAN RAK10700
As the first WisBlock Solution, we present you our GNSS Location Tracker for LoRaWAN, built with WisBlock modules featuring our RAK12500 GNSS module and the RAK1906 Environment sensor. The AT Command interface allows you to setup the device to connect to a LoRaWAN server without the need to do any programming. But if you want to, you can change the code to your taste from the open source code provided on our Github Repo https://github.com/RAKWireless/LPWAN-Tracker-Solutio
RAK Developer Kits
Curious to start with LoRaWAN, but not sure what you need to buy? Our new RAK Developer Kits are the perfect starting point for you.
These kits include everything you need to start exploring the world of LoRaWAN. Each kit includes a gateway and a set of WisBlock modules. You can choose between 4 options:
Kit 1 (Entry Kit) is a Gateway and a WisBlock Starter Kit. Add any of our WisBlock Sensor or IO modules to build a system based on your ideas. Many ideas for WisBlock solutions can be found in our WisBlock Github Repo https://github.com/RAKWireless/WisBlock/tree/master/examples
Kit 2 (Weather Kit) includes everything to build a weather station that measures temperature, humidity, barometric pressure and environment luminosity, and to send the collected weather information over LoRaWAN to the cloud/LoRaWAN server. It includes as well an indoor enclosure to protect the WisBlock modules.
Example source code is available from RAKwireless and from the open source community.
Kit 3 (Tracker Kit) is the perfect solution if you want to build an asset tracker and send location information over LoRaWAN to the cloud/LoRaWAN server. It includes an IP65 outdoor enclosure with a solar panel to recharge the battery of the tracker. Important information: The kit does not include a battery, the battery has to be bought separate.
Example source code is available from RAKwireless and from the open source community.
Kit 4 (Air Quality Kit) includes everything to build an indoor air quality monitor and send the air quality information over LoRaWAN to the cloud/LoRaWAN server. It includes as well an indoor enclosure to protect the WisBlock modules.
Example source code is available from RAKwireless and from the open source community:
WisBlock RAK12013 Radar module is a motion detection sensor based on Radar technology. This motion detection sensor can detect humans and pets in the sensing range of 5-7m. It can be used as a security system to detect intruders or for light automation.
Use it to build a motion sensor for a security system, for lighting automation, and for your Smart Home and Smart Office projects.
- Detection Distance: 5-7m
- Trigger Way: repeat trigger
This sensor can measure distances between the sensor and an obstacle/object based on Time of Flight of a laser impulse of up to 1.5m away.
Use this sensor to build a low-power distance measurement system and use it to control robot cars or detect the distance to assembly parts in a production line.
- Time-of-Flight （ToF） module
- Measures absolute range up to 1.5 m
- I2C interface
- Low power option and interrupt
- ST VL53L0X
Use the Flex Sensor to build a human machine interface by applying the sensor to your finger. Or build a safety system in the production line to detect bending of machinery under stress
This sensor can measure the bending of objects using a flexible sensor that changes resistance when bent. Using an ADC converter chip, the bending can be read directly over I2C without the need to use an analog input.
- Measure Bending between 1 and 180 degrees
- Accuracy to 1 degree
Are you building self-driving robot cars? Then this sensor can help you to let your car follow white guidance lines on the track. It works with an infrared light beam and a receiver that detects if the IR beam is reflected by an object. It is made for short detection ranges of max 2cm.
- Detect reflected IR light
Perfect for automation tasks, this Code Scanner can read a wide variety of 1D and 2D barcodes like QR codes, EAN-8, ISBN and other barcode formats.
It can be used in production lines to read barcodes from assembly lines or used in shops to read barcodes from products during checkout.
- Read 1D and 2D Barcodes
- 3.3V Power Supply
- Code reader module can be used separate from the WisBlock module with a flex cable.
Going to the beach this year? Or planning to build your fully automated green house? The this sensor is a must-buy. It measures both ambient light and UV light intensity. Protect your loved ones from over-exposure to UV light or control the shadowing system of your green house depending on the UV light exposure.
- Optional Light Sensor（ALS）or ultraviolet light sensor (UVS)
- Wide dynamic range of 1:18,000,000 with linear response
This is a kit with one Sensor Interface Module that can be connected to up to three soil moisture and temperature sensors. The sensor is based on capacitive measurement and its coated sensor element makes it more reliable and longer lasting than sensors based on resistive measurement methods.
The calibration values are stored on the sensor element itself, so once a sensor is calibrated, it can be attached to any WisBlock Core module without the need to start a new calibration.
In addition, the measured data Is transferred over I2C but, making the system more robust compared to sensors that transmit an analog signal.
It can be used to build a soil moisture measurement system for
- Schools (education)
Combine this 250V/10A relay with the RAK12019 UV light sensor to control the window shades of your house to keep out the UV light. Or use it together with the RAK12023 Soil Moisture Sensor to start the irrigation system of your garden automatically if the soil is getting too dry.
- One isolated relay output
- The isolation between internal and external is up to 2500VDC, 50/60 Hz for 1 min
- Max switching voltage/current
o Resistive load 250VAC, 125VDC 10A
o Inductive load 250VAC, 125VDC 5A
Do you have our RAK11200 WisBlock Core module, but you are missing the long range communication capability of LoRaWAN? Then you need this new LoRa/LoRaWAN module based on the Semtech SX1262 that works perfectly together with the RAK11200. Combine the power of Bluetooth, WiFi and LoRa connectivity in one WisBlock solution.
- Based on SX1262 LoRa chip.
- LoRaWAN compliant
- Supports bands: EU433, CN470, IN865, EU868, AU915, US915, KR920, RU864 and AS923
- LoRaWAN Activation by OTAA/ABP
- LoRa Point to Point (P2P) communication
This modules enables reading and writing of NFC tags (RFID cards, NFC enabled devices like phones). It is a WisBlock IO module with an external NFC antenna to connect with the NFC devices.
- ISO/IEC 14443A/MIFARE Reader/Writer
- FeliCa Reader/Writer
- ISO/IEC 14443B Reader/Writer
- ISO/IEC 14443A/MIFARE Card MIFARE Classic 1K or MIFARE Classic 4K card emulation mode
- FeliCa Card emulation
- ISO/IEC 18092, ECMA 340 Peer-to-Peer
RAK14004 / RAK14009 / RAK14010 / RAK14011
The RAK14004 keypad interface extends your WisBlock solution with a variety of keypads for manual data input or control of your solution.
Select one of our keypads with 3x3, 3x4 or 4x4 key matrices that are connected to the keypad interface with a flex cable.
- I2C interface to the WisBlock Core module
- Interrupt on single or multiple key entries
- Supports keypads with a maximum of 64 keys
- Size: 25mm x 35mm
- 3 x 3 keypad
- Size: 33mm x 45mm
- 3 x 4 keypad
- Size: 43mm x 45mm
- 4 x 4 keypad
- Size: 43mm x 55mm
The rotary input provides an option to setup a device with a rotating knob (like on old radios).
Adjust warning levels of a sensor manually by the user or use it to calibrate a sensor manually.
- Rotary Encoder with a independent push switch
Need more analog inputs in your project? This module adds 8 additional analog input channels to the WisBlock.
Use it to extend the analog input capacity of your WisBlock solution. It offers two configurations, either 8 single analog inputs or 4 differential analog input
- Multiple Voltage Measure Module: 8 Single-ended Inputs Or 4 Differential Inputs
- 70kHz Samping Rate
- TI ADS7830