CES - Las Vegas — PNI Sensor Corp. has claimed the industry’s first wearable development kit that integrates sensors, a sensor hub, sensor fusion algorithms, a programmable processor and wireless capabilities in a bracelet-sized form factor. Incorporating PNI’s SENtral sensor hub, the SENtrode development kit is expected to help designers speed up the design-to-delivery of smartwatches, activity and wellness monitors and other wearables that use sensors.
A second version of SENtrode in a separate housing is available for Internet of Things (IoT) devices, such as smart home appliances and connected sensor networks. SENtrode for wearables measures 31.55 mm x 37.15 mm x 8.28 mm with a bracelet, and SENtrode for IoT devices is available in a 31.55 mm x 37.55 mm x 8.65 mm housing.
SENtrode includes all the necessary hardware components from different manufacturers on one small board, according to the company. “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, president and CEO, PNI Sensor Corp., in a statement.
Key features include:
- PNI’s SENtral M&M module, a small form-factor board integrating an accelerometer, gyroscope (gyro), magnetometer and pressure sensor with PNI’s sensor fusion algorithms running on SENtral, the company’s sensor-agnostic, ultra-low power sensor hub
- Integrated Heart Rate Monitor (HRM) mounted on an auxiliary sensor board
- Humidity and gas sensors will also be available on additional auxiliary sensor boards and will be managed by SENtral, along with the necessary sensor fusion algorithms for each of these sensors
- Bluetooth Smart (formerly Bluetooth Low Energy, or BLE)
- An ARM Cortex M4 — with enough programmable memory and processing power to run the customer’s embedded software applications
- Rechargeable 70-mA hour battery
- JTAG programming board
- Wearable housing in wrist band form; separate housing for IoT devices is also available.
- SENtrode for wearables includes: Gyroscope, accelerometer, magnetic sensor, pressure and optical heart rate sensor readings (Sensor fusion algorithms include 9-axis sensor fusion, 6-axis sensor fusion, E-compass, step counting, significant motion, tilt to wake, altitude and motion compensated heart rate)
- SENtrode for IoT includes: Gyroscope, accelerometer, magnetic sensor, pressure and humidity sensor readings (Sensor fusion algorithms include 9-axis sensor fusion, 6-axis sensor fusion, E-compass, step counting, significant motion, tilt to wake, barometric pressure and relative humidity)
Availability: SENtrode development kits for wearables and IoT devices are available now.
Pricing: Kits are priced at $299 each.
Resources: Additional software and algorithm support for SENtrode will be posted to MEMS Industry Group’s Accelerated Innovation Community (AIC), an open-source algorithm community.