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Enter the Red Dragon: new brazilian Arduino compatible board is hot stuff

Packing GSM/GPRS, WiFi and sensors, Uno-sized Red Dragon board runs on an ATmega328.

Following weeks of intense expectation, Red Dragon board arrived on a popular brazilian crowdfunding site last Friday, and now fellow makers and hackers can have a peek on the specs of this highly anticipated tool.

Brazil has a hot maker scene, with plenty of hackerspaces and groups keeping tabs on international trends and creating their own ways to build projects and prototypes. And for the last 2 months there was a recurring theme on their conversations: what would be on the Red Dragon board.

Red Dragon's creators, Pacman Pereira and Cesar Gimenes, fueled this curiosity releasing carefully chosen tidbits of information, polling users about their most desired features on a development board, and releasing this heavy metal video showing the drawing of the board:

It's a nice video and naturally raised awareness about the board, but it was purposefully followed by a month of silence from its authors.

This silence ended last week, when Red Dragon's crowdfunding campaign arrived on brazilian site Catarse and brought news about the specs, showing that it's not just a nicely drawn Arduino-style board: it has extra features for IoT applications, data collection and more.

Key features:

  • ATmega328 with Arduino-compatible bootloader
  • Onboard sensors: Si7013 and Si1147 (temperature, humidity, presence, movement, UV).
  • Connectivity: GSM module M95F (including geolocation API) and WiFi module SPWF01SA.11.
  • An API with apps available for iPhone, Android and the web.
  • Open hardware (after crowdfunding)

All this in a Uno sized board, including the familiar headers for Arduino shields.

Well done! makerNews wishes the best of luck to brazilian makers Pacman Pereira and Cesar Gimenes, hoping for nice and quick crowdfunding, manufacturing and distribution periods.