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Get ahead of the game. BigClown is an entertaining device that will help you understand and create the Internet of Things (IoT). It means that everything around you, even your chair, can become a smart device connected with your computer or mobile phone. Thanks to this connection, you can start to improve your home, classroom or even the entire city and the world in a digital way.

The Starter Kit is the fundamental kit to get you started, however, you can later upgrade it with our extensive range of kits. See how you can build your first smart device and how to create projects that will amaze your friends, family and us as well. πŸ‘Œ

Step 1Start by constructing the kit

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Get familiar with the device and its components. πŸ‘‹ These are the individual parts that your Starter Kit contains.

These parts are collectively called hardware, which means a fixed part of any device. Also, these few elements will be enough for many of your projects.

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What can you do with these components? You can construct the hardware and all you need are these four steps.

  1. Insert the batteries onto the yellow plate (Mini Battery Module).
  2. Then take the red plate (Core Module). On one of its sides, it has two parallel panels with holes. Push the black plate pins (Button Module) into these holes. That way you put both modules together. πŸ‘
  3. The yellow plate has two sets of small round holes on one side. Insert the the red plate pins into them.
    ❗Attention: Batteries face downwards, away from the red plate.
  4. Encase everything in the cover and secure it with rubber bands.
  5. The last thing to do is to put together the USB Dongle. Enclose the chip in the black box so the silver connector sticks out.

πŸ™Œ You know you put it together correctly if:

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Step 2Set up your computer

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To operate the Kit, you need to connect with software. Unlike hardware, the software cannot be touched physically, but you can work with it in a virtual environment. πŸ€–

  1. Download the application Playground onto your computer. Choose from the menu, based on your operating system.
  2. Run the app. πŸš€
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Step 3Connect the application with the device

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Now comes the fun part. You will connect the hardware with the software, in other words, you will start to control the device from your computer. 🀘

  1. Before connecting it, remove the batteries from the box. If they are there before plugging it in, the connection would not work.
  2. To use the USB Dongle, insert it into your computer.
  3. In the Playground app, click on the Devices tab.
  4. Click on the Connect button. The app will connect to your USB Dongle.
  5. Click on the Start pairing button.
  6. Now put the batteries in the device box. This will spark a signal for the USB Dongle. The light on the Core Module flashes red, but don’t worry, it means everything is ok.
  7. Has the device box ID loaded correctly? Congratulations, you are now connected! πŸ‘
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πŸ™Œ You set it up correctly if:

Step 43 mini projects to get you started

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We have some ideas for your first simple projects. It's time to shine! πŸ•ΆοΈ

I. Measure the temperature of your room

With the Starter Kit, you can measure the ambient temperature. 🌑This can be used, for example, when measuring the temperature of your room or as a preventive fire detector in the kitchen.

  1. Connect the USB Dongle with the box and the computer as described above.
  2. Open the Messages tab in the application. You will automatically see the room temperature changing. Measurements occur periodically or when there is a big change. To speed it up, you can hold the box in your hands and blow on it.

Our tip: Put the box in the fridge for a while and watch the temperature changing.

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II. Change the position of the box

Starter Kit can sense the position. It will register the change whenever you turn it over. You can use it as a detector that something has fallen or somebody got up from bed. πŸ––

  1. Connect the USB Dongle with the box and the computer as described above.
  2. Open the Messages tab in the Playground app.
  3. Turn the box to the other side. You will see on the screen that the position has changed.
  4. Each position has a number code. Find out what the code means for each position.

Our tip: Use the box as a smart throwing cube. Maybe for the game, Ludo.

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III. Push the button!

Now you will finally find out what the big button is for. πŸ€” For example, you can use it for counting.

  1. Connect the USB Dongle with the box and the computers as described above.
  2. Open the Messages tab in the Playground app.
  3. Push the button on the box. This action will be displayed in the app.
  4. The button counts how many times you pushed it.

Our tip: In advanced projects you will learn even more interesting features. For example, how to turn the button into a doorbell which will send the message into your mobile everytime someone uses it. πŸ‘Œ

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