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.
"Unlike other development kits, SENtrode includes all the necessary hardware components from different manufacturers on one small form-factor board. Design engineers can focus on creative software and application development, instead of on hardware, so they can more quickly introduce new wearables and IoT products to market," said George Hsu, CEO of PNI Sensor, in a statement.
The development kits also include a rechargeable 70mAh battery and a JTAG programming board.
The sensor fusion algorithms include: 9-axis sensor fusion, 6-axis sensor fusion, E-compass, step counting, significant motion, tilt to wake, barometric pressure, altitude and motion-compensated heart-rate.
The SENtrode development kits for wearables and for IoT devices are priced at $299 each.
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