Last year our friend Richard Ibbotson designed a LoRaWAN shield for the BBC micro:bit and they have been used in several experiments and projects since then, including a great project at the Museum of English Rural Life (the MERL) monitoring the impact of environmental conditions on the growth of sugar beet!
Richard’s shield is a popular conversation piece at various meetups and demonstrations. His write-up on hackaday has been read well over 11,000 times and has attracted interest from several organisations.
The shield features include:
- LoRaWAN radio, with ceramic antenna
- Real time clock, which can also be used for power management
- Grove connectors for Digital I/O and I2C
- AA battery holder and reset button
We are planning to make a production run of the LoRaWAN shield for the micro:bit in the next few weeks, and want to figure out how many we should buy. The price per unit can be made significantly lower if we order a larger number, but obviously we don’t want to end up with a cupboard full of unsold shields!
If YOU would be interested in buying one or many LoRaWAN shields, please help us by answering this incredibly short questionnaire.
Please share this post – we need it to reach as many people as we can, because unfortunately if we don’t get enough interest we will have to drop the idea and move on.
Many thanks, and fingers crossed for a great response! Here’s a very simple example of the kind of thing you can do when you combine the micro:bit with LoRaWAN…