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Dev kit opens up cellular access to Arduino and Raspberry Pi

The SparqEE CELLv1.0, launching today on Kickstarter, is a tiny, easy to use cellular development kit that lets you instantly add wireless communications to any Arduino or Raspberry Pi project.

While previous Kickstarter projects have provided usable, open source Bluetooth and Wi-Fi technologies, the CELLv1.0 is claimed to be the first to offer cellular.

"I've been on plenty of projects where a simple cellular connection would have been a game changer to have," commented SparqEE co-founder Chris Higgins. "We wanted to give people something they could use on any project well into the future and on any board, not just the current rev of the Arduino or Raspberry Pi."

The CELLv1.0 kit includes the cellular board, a jumper board to allow Arduino, Raspberry Pi, or any development board, an antenna and a power cable.

As per Kickstarter fashion, SparqEE also offers several dev boards and shields such as GPS, accelerometer, relay and a connection to the Arduino and Raspberry Pi, made available through Kickstarter's donation reward system.

What may be even more important than the hardware options is that SparqEE also provides an ecosystem for the CELLv1.0 that gives free access to their servers.

Along with the easy to use code, users can immediately send data via the cloud to any internet enabled smartphone or computer, from anywhere to anywhere in the world.

At the time of writing, the team behind the SparqEE CELLv1.0 has raised $14,831 of its $70,000 goal. For more info, click here.

Laura Hopperton

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