CES: PNI Sensor launches first Smartwatch-sized wearable dev kit - Embedded.com

CES: PNI Sensor launches first Smartwatch-sized wearable dev kit

PNI Sensor Corp. today introduced SENtrode, the first wearable development kit integrating sensors, PNI’s SENtral sensor hub, sensor fusion algorithms, programmable processor, and wireless capabilities into a bracelet-sized form factor. SENtrode speeds design-to-delivery of smartwatches, activity and wellness monitors, and other wearables that use sensors to generate a more satisfying user experience.

The company also announced a second version of SENtrode in a separate housing fit for Internet of Things (IoT) devices, such as smart home appliances and connected sensor networks. SENtrode for wearables is just 31.55mm x 37.15mm x 8.28mm with a bracelet, and SENtrode for IoT devices is 31.55mm x 37.55mm x 8.65mm.

The company states that 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.”

SENtrode features:

  • 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 70mAmp hour battery
  • JTAG programming board
  • Wearable housing in wrist band form; separate housing for IoT devices is also available.

SENtrode development kits for wearables and for IoT devices are available today from PNI Sensor. Kits are priced at $299 each.

Additional software and algorithm support for SENtrode will be posted to MEMS Industry Group’s Accelerated Innovation Community (AIC) , an open-source algorithm community.

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