January 24, 2018 – Lime Microsystems, in partnership with Seeed Studio has today announced a Starter Kit for its LimeSDR platform based on the Grove Platform and for use with the Raspberry Pi. The kit is priced at $249 (c. £180 / €200).
It includes a LimeSDR Mini with antennas optimised for 433/868/915 MHz unlicensed bands, plus a GrovePi+ and a array of Grove sensors and outputs, many of which are supported by a Scratch extension, and other programming environments. The kit provides everything you need to get started learning SDR basics and developing IoT applications and is targeted at educational use and for beginners.
By combining the hardware components with Lime’s ScratchRadio software extension, users will be able to quickly and intuitively create simple and fun applications that integrate SDR capabilities and peripheral I/O.
The LimeSDR is an award-winning software defined radio platform for cellular, IoT, DVB, GNSS and other RF applications. Together with LimeNET it has a several-thousand-strong community of developers and backers, including EE and Vodafone.
Seeed is a prototyping service and hardware innovation platform that lets people develop their ideas into products. It works closely with technology providers of all scale to provide expertise, in-house engineering facilities, supply chain management and an agile manufacture force.
Eric Pan, CEO of Seeed, said: “We are excited to announce that we’ve partnered with Lime Microsystems to develop the Grove Starter Kit for LimeSDR Mini. It will provide a great platform for users to learn about SDR and help kick off IoT projects with the LimeSDR Mini. We cannot wait to see what what the community will do with this new kit!”
Ebrahim Bushehri, CEO of Lime, commented: “One of the key reasons we created the LimeSDR was to open access to this technology to as many people as possible. This kit plays a big part in enabling this.” Adding: “Of course, the kit is not limited to Scratch and educational environments, so we’ll also be putting together examples that demonstrate how the kit can be used to develop applications that integrate with existing off-the-shelf systems, such as wireless thermostats and remote controls.”
- 1 x LimeSDR Mini
- 2 x Antenna for 433/868/915MHz unlicensed bands
- 1 x GrovePi+
- 1 x Grove – Ultrasonic Ranger
- 1 x Grove – Temp & Humi Sensor
- 1 x Grove – Temperature Sensor
- 1 x Grove – Rotary Angle Sensor
- 1 x Grove – Button
- 1 x Grove – Light Sensor v1.2
- 1 x Grove – 3-Axis Digital Accelerometer (±1.5 g)
- 1 x Grove – Relay
- 1 x Grove – Sound Sensor
- 1 x Grove – LCD RGB Backlight
- 1 x Grove – Buzzer
- 1 x Grove – Red LED
- 1 x Grove – LED Bar 2.0
- 1 x Grove – Touch Sensor
- 1 x Grove – Piezo Vibration Sensor
- 1 x Acrylic base plate
- 1 x Short USB extension
Not included in the pack is: Raspberry Pi (2, 3 or Zero can be used), power supply, and Micro SD card.
How to order
Lime is now taking pre-orders for the Grove Starter Kit via its distribution partner Crowd Supply.
The kit includes a LimeSDR Mini and if users that have already placed an order for this they can change it to the Grove Starter Kit. Notes on how to do this can be found on the Crowd Supply LimeSDR Mini Blog.
About Lime Microsystems
Lime Micro designs and develops field programmable RF transceivers that offer unrivalled flexibility, agility and power consumption. Lime’s technology allows wireless connectivity based on our software defined radio platforms. These can be deployed anywhere, connecting to any digital processor creating networks that are modular, low maintenance and scalable and enabling truly open, multi -vendor, software defined infrastructure.
Further information is available at www.limemicro.com.
Diversified demands cannot be fully satisfied by mass production. The booming of open source hardware, 3D printing, crowd-funding and global logistics creates a evolutional easy platform to hardware innovators. Products are becoming democratized, as some of the consumers now calling themselves makers.
Seeed is a hardware innovation platform for makers to grow inspirations into differentiating products. By working closely with technology providers of all scale, Seeed provides accessible technologies with quality, speed and supply chain knowledge. When prototypes are ready to iterate, Seeed helps productize 1 to 1,000+ pcs using in-house engineering, supply chain management and agile manufacture forces. Seeed also team up with incubators, Chinese tech ecosystem, investors and distribution channels to portal Maker startups beyond.
Further information is available at www.seeedstudio.com.