Bluetooth Smart’s Killer App? It Could Be Built on Broadcom’s New WICED™ Sense DevKit | Cypress Semiconductor
Bluetooth Smart’s Killer App? It Could Be Built on Broadcom’s New WICED™ Sense DevKit
Developers, take note: The Internet of Things is having a zeitgeist moment.
That means there are hundreds of thousands of inspired ideas out there for bringing Internet connectivity to everyday items – and plenty of oddball ones (smart yoga mats, anyone?).
Yet for every new idea sparked in this fast-growing ecosystem, there’s the potential for something groundbreaking to emerge.
That’s where Broadcom comes in. The company today unveiled a new development kit aimed at giving IoT-minded technologists a leg up in this exciting market, where everything from door locks to tea kettles will get connected to the cloud.
Broadcom’s WICED™ Sense Kit is pre-programmed and ready for app developers and hardware and software developers to get going with an IoT project.
The kit includes a WICED-branded Bluetooth Low Energy board housed in a sturdy plastic case. Inside is the BCM20737S Bluetooth Smart System-in-a-Package (SIP) module, five micro-electromechanical sensors (MEMS) and Broadcom’s flagship WICED Smart software stack that’s Bluetooth 4.1 compatible.
“From two-person garage startups to tier one manufacturers, we care tremendously about fostering innovation in this market,” said Sid Shaw, senior product line manager for Internet of Things business in the Broadband and Connectivity Group at Broadcom. “The idea is to democratize this market and open it up to millions of software and hardware developers so they can experiment with low-energy Bluetooth and innovate on the WICED™ platform.”
The kit’s set-up is designed to be dead simple: Pop in the coin-cell battery, download the WICED Sense app (available on the App Store and in the Google Play Store to a mobile device, and pair up the Bluetooth Low Energy connection between the sensor tag and the smartphone or tablet.
The tag, outfitted with a MicroUSB port, is now ready to gather all kinds of data, including:
- Atmospheric pressure
The kit takes less than five minutes to set up. All of the needed software is already pre-programmed onto the sensor tag.
The BCM20737S has some pretty nifty features, too. For one, it is an attractively priced, extremely small (6.5 x 6.5) SIP module with built-in embedded security supporting RSA 4K (important when there’s data being collected from consumers). It supports iBeacon technology, the latest wireless charging standards, Near Field Communication, and can get over-the-air firmware updates for future upgrades.
The WICED™ Sense devkit is an affordable entry point to the ever-expanding IoT ecosystem and a platform for engineers, tinkerers, DiY-ers and entrepreneurs.
A few off-the-cuff applications the WICED™ Sense can do: monitor the temperature changes in a baby’s nursery, track location of a pet, or become the next “it” fitness monitoring wearable.
Application developers don’t need embedded hardware skills to get it up and running. They can use the sensor tag to gather data via Bluetooth and then go “solve a real-life problem,” Broadcom’s Shaw said.
“Having the right tools for vertically integrated development helps creative-minded developers get a proof-of-concept done quickly so that they can continue to ideate and refine their inventions,” he said. “There are millions of good ideas out there .”
The Broadcom WICED Sense Kit is currently available through Broadcom’s network of distribution partners for $19.99. The WICED Sense application is currently available for free download on the App Store here and Google Play Store here. Visit Broadcom’s website to get product details.