PNI Sensor offers wearables development kit

January 05, 2015 // By Peter Clarke
PNI Sensor Corp. (Santa Rosa, Calif.), a subsystem company that integrates sensors and integrated circuits from third parties and adds value with data fusion software, is offering SENtrode, a smartwatch-sized development kit.

The platform is intended to allow the development of wearable equipment and products for the Interent of Things (IoT).

The SENtrode includes inertial, pressure and magnetic sensors, an optical heart rate sensor, a sensor hub SoC and an STMicroelectronic F4 microcontroller, sensor fusion algorithms, programmable processor and wireless capabilities into a bracelet-sized form factor. Users can select Bosch, ST or InvenSense inertial sensors. The Bluetooth capability is provided by ST's Blue/NRG transceiver.

On development kit comes in the form a of smartwatch enclosure and is suitable for the development of smartwatchs, activity and wellness monitors. A second version comes in a box-shaped housing suitable for IoT development such as home appliances and connected sensor networks.

SENtrode for wearables measures 31.55mm by 37.15mm by 8.28mm with a bracelet, and SENtrode for IoT devices is 31.55mm by 37.55mm by 8.65mm.