Silicon Labs Releases Development Kits To Bring Biometrics to the Internet of Things

In an attempt to accelerate the design of environmental and biometric sensing applications for Internet of Things (IoT) products, Silicon Labs has introduced two new development kits. Silicon Labs provides high performance, analog intensive, mixed signal ICs and will be demonstrating both of the kits at this week’s IIC-China conference and exhibition in Shenzhen.

Silicon Labs has stated that the development kits are targeted at the development of applications for home security systems, smart thermostats, smoke detectors, heart rate headphones, fitness bands and other wearable tech.

According to Ross Sabolcik – vice president and general manager of Silicon Labs’ Analog, Power and Sensor products – efficient, low power environmental and biometric sensing capabilities that demonstrate a high degree of accuracy are essential to the Internet of Things and the increasingly connected world of wearable tech.

The SLSTK3201A environmental sensing development kit from Silicon Labs enables developers to easily create IoT products that can sense proximity and human gestures, as well as relative humidity, temperature and ultraviolet light.

Silicon Labs’ second kit allows for the measurement of environmental factors like UV index, relative humidity and temperature, but also boasts vital biometric sensing capabilities. The company’s biometric sensing development platform facilitates the measuring of heart rate and blood oxygen levels.

“Silicon Labs’ sensor ICs offer the state of the art in humidity, temperature, ambient light, UV index and proximity sensing for the IoT,” says Sabolcik. “We enable developers to simplify their designs and speed time to market with an array of plug-and-play development kits coupled with our Simplicity Studio software tools.”

Both development kits are low power, running on coin-cell batteries. The sensor expansion cards included with the kits each feature  Silicon Labs’ TS3310 boost dc/dc converter to help minimize energy consumption.