EDN Europe reported the outlines of the WunderBar kit in June 2014 ( here). As well as selling the open source 'Internet of Things' (IoT) starter kit the online site provides detailed technical data, video content and supporting background information about the IoT, making it a valuable resource for those interested in developing their wireless and connected project ideas.
The result of a collaboration between Conrad Business Supplies, MikroElektronika and the Berlin based startup relayr (iThings4U GmbH), the WunderBar, together with the OpenSensor Cloud platform, allows software application developers to quickly and easily begin using free SDKs & APIs and start developing new wireless applications. It allows them to build prototypes based on data gathered from the physical world without needing to learn about hardware.
WunderBar was awarded first place in The Internet of Things Grand Challenge, a competition run by Cisco Systems to spearhead an industry-wide initiative to accelerate the adoption of breakthrough technologies and products that will contribute to the growth and evolution of the IoT.
The WunderBar comprises seven ‘chunks’ (pursuing the ‘chocolate bar’ analogy) that can be broken off, separating into a Wi-Fi enabled master module with Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), plus six detachable smart sensor mini modules. Each module has BLE, a sensor or actuator, and an on-board battery. The mini-modules give functionality including light, colour, distance, temperature and humidity sensing, plus an accelerometer, a gyroscope and infra-red (IR) remote control capability.
Conrad Business Supplies; www.conrad.com/ce/en/product/1217212
The WunderBar landing page is accessible here.