(PRWEB UK) 8 September 2012
Today sees the launch of the RockBLOCK, a low-cost two-way satellite messaging unit, which can be easily integrated into third party applications using either USB or serial interfaces. The RockBLOCK allows short messages to be sent and received from anywhere on Earth.
Designed for educational, hobbyist and professional users alike, the unit is the ideal way to provide a way of globally communicating with projects using Raspberry Pi, Arduino, and almost any other system with either USB or serial ports.
The unit combines an Iridium 9602 SBD modem, USB interface, power-handling and a high-performance Iridium antenna it takes away all the hassle of integration with other devices and makes two-way satellite communication plug-and-play for the first time.
Two versions of the product will be available:
RockBLOCK Naked (bare-board PCB version for integration)
RockBLOCK ‘Rugged’ (a ruggedized fully-waterproof encapsulated version)
Nick Farrell, Director of Rock Seven said: Were very excited about the RockBLOCK. It allows virtually any system with USB or serial interfaces to communicate with the rest of the world, even where there is no mobile phone coverage or other type of communication systems. We see the RockBLOCK being combined into autonomous robots, remote weather stations, oil pipeline monitoring, oceanographic research in fact, any type of system which could benefit having two-way communication in remote areas.