Reference Hardware and Embedded SDK

To support the development of Hydrogen Protocol-enabled devices we created a collection of open hardware reference designs and a comprehensive embedded SDK for IoT development. For Helium users we're also developing conversion firmware for popular LoRa mining hardware.

Building an IoT Multi-Tool

The Hydrogen Ion development board is an IoT multi-tool with multiple radios and support for several popular IoT protocols, including LoRa/LoRaWAN, Bluetooth LE 5.4, IEEE 802.15.4 (supports 6LoWPAN, OpenThread, Zigbee, etc), and GNSS and 2.4 GHz WiFi receivers for location applications.

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High-energy physics: He → H

Hydrogen Plumbing builds on many ideas embodied in the Helium Network: lightweight, global roaming for IoT devices using commodity hardware and unlicensed spectrum.

However, as the business model behind Helium faces challenges, Helium LoRa mining gateways are now widely available on used hardware marketplaces. The Hydrogen Plumbing project is developing firmware to convert popular Helium devices into Hydrogen Protocol-enabled LoRa gateways to support ongoing IoT development and find new uses for idle hardware.

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Raspberry Pi-based RAK v2 miners converted to Hydrogen Protocol using nuclear spallation, a Rust-based framework for Hydrogen Protocol RF adapters and network gateways.

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Rust SDK for embedded IoT development

Implementing the Hydrogen Protocol is relatively simple; creating secure, low-power embedded firmware is not. To support device designers, the Hydrogen Plumbing project is developing a cross-platform Rust SDK that supports application and protocol development on nearly any Arm or RISC-V device.

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