3G Arduino shield out (3G + GPS)

It may run around $250US at launch, but another company (Libelium) who makes sensors and embedded processing devices with an “open source division” has released a 3G shield for Arduino that comes with both WCDMA and HSPA, GPS, audio/video kit, SD mounts up to 32GB and a slew of other goodies. The M2M space isn’t just for networked vending machine operators anymore.

The Specs:

  • Internal GPS (for Assisted A-GPS and Supported S-GPS modes)
  • WCDMA and HSPA 3G network compatibility
  • Video Camera (640×480) for video and photo recordings available
  • SD file system up to 32GB
  • Audio Kit including microphone, speaker, hands free and headphones available
  • Works as a standard 3G modem in Linux/Windows/MacOS (~7.2Mbps download, ~5.5Mbps upload)
  • Talk directly to web servers by HTTP/HTTPS (secure)
  • Send and receive mails by POP3/SMTP
  • Upload and download files directly by FTP/FTPS (secure)
  • Play compressed audio files

The 3G shield for Arduino is available at cooking-hacks.com [HERE]

From the press:

During the past years Cooking Hacks [… the open hardware division inside Libelium …] has been an active part in the design of new modules and shields for Arduino, from the famous “Arduino XBee shield” -released in 2007- (that enabled thousands of Arduino to use the ZigBee protocol) to the “Radiation Sensor Board” which allowed Arduino users in Japan measure the radiation levels after the Fukushima disaster last year.

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