IoT development is happening at a breakneck pace, with consumer demand driving pressure to get connected products to market quickly. But getting into the hands of consumers is only part of the challenge, these products need to work pretty much as-expected. Creating a positive user experience is critical for any emerging technology and IoT is no different. Great products drive demand, and demand drives innovation. Rinse and repeat.
One of our goals is to help developers get to market quickly, but to also make great tools available that demonstrate the speed and effectiveness with which IoT connectivity can be achieved. This is why we’ve created the Thunderboard development platform.
Over the summer we unveiled Thunderboard React, which we designed as a cost-effective prototyping vehicle to demonstrate how easy it can be to connect wireless sensor nodes to mobile devices and the cloud. It featured a battery-powered, sensor-rich demonstration board with a Bluetooth low-energy module based on an ARM Cortex-M4 CPU for IoT connectivity, plus open-source design files and software for mobile applications running on Android and iOS devices.
Now we’re expanding the platform with the introduction of Thunderboard Sense. This addition to the Thunderboard family blazes new ground with a host of sophisticated sensor technology and support for not only Bluetooth low energy, but ZigBee, Thread and proprietary wireless protocols as well. To complete the picture, Thunderboard Sense is developer friendly. Connect to Simplicity Studio and proceed to hack away, without any other debug or programming hardware needed.
Once users have the opportunity to work with the embedded and mobile apps that come ready to go out of the box, we think they’ll be inspired to ask “what else can I do?” The logical next step is to incorporate the Thunderboard Sense as-is into an end product to provide device-to-cloud functionality.
Users can also push the boundaries of the device by using the open source hardware design files and software source code to integrate portions of the Thunderboard React into other projects. And by modifying the firmware on the board itself, customers can program the Blue Gecko module using an adapter.
Thunderboard Sense ships with a revamped mobile app (iOS and Android) so you can demonstrate cloud connected sensors within minutes of taking it out of the box. It also comes with a powerful, multi-protocol EFR32 Mighty Gecko radio, an integrated debugger and is fully supported in Simplicity Studio.
The Sense brings together the best of what Silicon Labs has to offer in a single, easily accessible prototyping kit. The radio and sensors have industry-leading power consumption and the firmware and mobile app have been developed specifically to capitalize on the power saving features of each device.
We can’t wait to see what you do with it! Get Started with Thunderboard Sense here.
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