Silicon Labs introduces two economical, easy-to-use development kits to accelerate the design of environmental and biometric sensing applications for a wide range of Internet of Things (IoT) products. Target apps include home security systems, smart thermostats, smoke detectors, weather stations, smart watches, fitness bands, heart-rate earphones, and other wearable products.
The SLSTK3201A environmental sensing kit is for developing IoT products that sense relative humidity (RH), temperature, ultraviolet (UV) light, ambient light, proximity, and human gestures. It combines an EFM32 Zero Gecko microcontroller (MCU) starter kit with a sensor expansion board and features a gesture-controlled weather station application that tracks RH, temperature, and UV index. Complete source code is available from the company’s Simplicity Studio development platform.
The biometric sensing development platform includes the BIOMETRIC-EXP-EVB expansion card featuring Si114x optical sensors and Si701x/2x humidity and temperature sensors. The sensor card plugs directly into an EFM32 Wonder Gecko MCU starter kit. An optional wearable-form-factor HRM-GGG-PS board is available that supports wrist-based heart rate monitoring and connects to the biometric sensor card through an I2C mini-flex cable. The biometric demonstration firmware for the EFM32 Wonder Gecko starter kit is available at no charge at http://www.silabs.com/biometric-exp-evb
The SLSTK3201A environmental sensing kit containing the EFM32 Zero Gecko starter kit and sensor expansion board is available for $109. The BIOMETRIC-EXP-EVB expansion card is available today for $50, and the EFM32WG-STK3800 Wonder Gecko starter kit is priced at $79. The optional HRM-GGG-PS wearable wrist-based heart rate monitor board is available now for $50. For more details, visit http://www.silabs.com/sensors