ProtoCentral Kalam v3 IOT platform - Starter Kit
This kit includes all the basic components required to get your Kalam-based IoT project up and running.
- 1x Kalam v3 IoT board
- 1x GPIO cap for Kalam v3 platform
- 1x 3.7V, 1200 mAH Li-Poly battery (only for orders within India)
- 1x micro-USB cable
- 1x breakaway header-20 pins
Putting it together
ProtoCentral Kalam v3 is our newest IOT platform based on the ESP8266 Wi-Fi SoC. It's easy-to-use, low cost and easily scalable.
The new plug-to-play feature allows you to plug-in "modules" to the basic Kalam v3 board to add more functionality such as sensors and actuators.
This documents guides you through the various steps required to put the basic blocks togther and get your first program up and running.
Step 1 - Connecting the boards
Take the Kalam v3 main board and the GPIO cap provided in the kit. On the reverse side of each board, you will find a white 31-pin connector that mates with the other. Gently put it together and then press firmly to get a good fit. The connectors only go in one way, so make sure to align them properly. The connectors should align up with each other as shown in the below picture.
Step 2 - Connect the battery
If you have purchased Kalam as a kit and you have a Li-Ion battery included, connect the battery to the white JST connector on the board as shown below.
This connector will also go in only one way. Please note the direction in which it is to be inserted.
If you purchased the Kalam board separately and a battery was not included, you can use it with any 3.7V Li-Ion/Li-Poly battery with a JST connector. Ensure that the connector has the proper polarity before connecting any external battery pack.
Step 3 - Plugging it into a breadboard (optional)
If you have a breadboard, you can now directly plug in the entire assembly into a standard breadboard and it should now be ready for prototyping
Step 4 - Setting up Arduino for Kalam
Kalam is powered by the Sparkfun's board support file.The first thing you will need to do is to download the latest release of the Arduino IDE. You will need to be using version 1.6.4 or higher. After you have downloaded and installed v1.6.4, you will need to start the IDE and navigate to the Preferences menu. Sparkfun's JSON url for ESP8266 board is - https://raw.githubusercontent.com/sparkfun/Arduino_Boards/master/IDE_Board_Manager/package_sparkfun_index.json
- Click Ok to close and save the preferences
- Then click Tools > Board > Board Manager
- You should find Sparkfun ESP8266 boards listed in the Board Manager window.
- Press the “Install” button on the chosen ESP8266 category.The download process will begin
- Reboot Arduino and look under Tools > Boards and you should see the addition of the Sparkfun boards in your board list.
You're now ready to start using the Kalam with the Arduino IDE !
Once you have set-up this, you now proceed to try out your first IoT experiment to post some data to the ThingSpeak platform.