The wait is over- Tensor Technologies have officially launched announced the launch of its new Bluetera II full stack development board specifically designed and developed for Internet of things by the Tensor team. The board is now officially available on their Crowd Supply site for sale.
Tensor team has stated on their Crowd Supply site that many of their clients face quite common challenge when working on IoT projects. The developers have a common requirement for a typical, extensible, easy to use, open source IoT platform that encourages smooth collaboration between the physical and the digital. Which is where Bluetera comes in.
“Our primary focus is on products and projects that sample motion, sense the physical world, and transmit the resulting data over Bluetooth Low-Energy (BLE) to smart devices running Android, iOS, Windows, and Linux. We created Bluetera I by stitching together key functionality, including communication hardware and basic motion sensing algorithms, as a way to provide the missing IoT platform our clients needed.
Bluetera II is the full realization of this same objective. It is open hardware running open firmware that includes motion sensors, power management, communication, and user-facing software – all woven together into a robust infrastructure for rapid IoT prototyping.”
Features of Bluetera II
- Hardware – A tiny (18 x 18 mm) device with 9-axis motion sensors, an ARM MCU with BLE, battery charging circuitry, and multi-purpose IOs for externals sensors and peripherals
- Firmware – Open source infrastructure with embedded command and control, motion algorithms with built-in data exchange and IMU control, a BLE stack with an additional Protobuf abstraction layer, power management, and battery monitoring
- Open Source – Everything, from hardware to firmware to the software running on your mobile device or PC is strictly open-source. No strings attached
- Motion – 9-axis motion fusion based on the Madgwick Algorithm, which produces rotation data (quaternions) from the 6-axis InvenSense IMU and STM compass. The result is a stable, 1 kHz stream of rotation measurements and raw data.
- Google Protobuf – A communication abstraction layer that provides a simple yet flexible serial pipe between the physical layer (e.g. sensors) and the digital layer (e.g. your mobile device). Protobuf makes adding new messages and functionality as easy as 1-2-3.
- Power – A JST socket, a Micro USB connector, battery charging circuitry, and power management firmware allow you to power the device with any small, external Lithium-Ion battery.
- Extensions – 20 I/Os to support digital and analog peripherals and sensors, I²C, SPI, UART, PWM, and more.
- USB Type 2 – A Micro USB connector and firmware support for the USB 2 protocol enable fast, wired communication with the host and allow Bluetera II to serve as a BLE dongle.
- Rapid Development – A breadboard connected to the tiny Bluetera II provides a standard development matrix and facilitates quick and easy prototyping and debugging with external sensors and peripherals.
- SDK – Simplifies software development, with support for multiple operating systems and platforms, includes APIs, algorithms, and demos. The Bluetera II SDK is compatible with Linux, Android, iOS, and Windows. It also includes a plugin for the Unity 3D development platform.
Bluetera II comes in these variants
Which one you should choose?
Bluetera II’s range is extraordinarily influenced by your decision of BLE module, which additionally impacts the general components of the board. The BC840 incorporates an exceptionally minimal, short-range PCB antenna. The BC840M incorporates a more drawn out large range antenna that is marginally bigger (yet tiny at the same time). What’s more, on the off chance that you need a Bluetera II that is by one way or another not small, your most solid option is to pick a BC840E and connect a mammoth outside antenna.
Source: Crowd Supply