Embedded World 2017: Toshiba launches IoT development kit for design of Bluetooth-enabled wearables

A new starter kit that supports the development of highly-integrated Internet of Things (IOT) wearable devices has gone on show at the Embedded World trade fair in Nuremburg, Germany.

Developed by Toshiba Electronics Europe (TEE), the newly developed kit provides the hardware and software needed to create wearable devices that handle multiple sensor inputs. Labelled the EBTZ1041-SK-A1 ‘starter kit’, the product can be used in prototyping wearable applications featuring the Toshiba TZ1000 ApP Lite family of IoT processors.

The product incorporates the company’s TZ1041MBG sensor hub application processor, which is based on a high-performance 32-bit ARM Cortex-M4F processor and acts as a hub to collect, process and store data from multiple sources. The data can then be transferred to external devices such as smartphones and tablets using an integrated Bluetooth wireless communication function.

Toshiba’s TZ1041MBG processor allows peripheral devices and sensors – including atmospheric pressure sensors and moisture sensors – to be connected via various integrated interfaces. Other external sensors can be directly connected to one of three input channels allowing for accurate measurement of biomedical signals including pulse rates and electrocardiograms.

As well as Bluetooth, the EBTZ1041-SK-A1 kit is able to connect to Toshiba’s TC32306 single-chip radio frequency (RF) transceiver to support sub-GHz wireless communications. Accurate data is collected and processed by the high-performance processor, at which point the integrated Bluetooth controller and RF circuit transfer raw and processed data to external equipment.

As well as the starter kit hardware, the kit provides developers with access to Toshiba software algorithms for the TZ1000 series. These include activity tracking and ECG monitoring.

Toshiba’s EBTZ1041-SK-A1 starter kit is available now and can be ordered online or from the Toshiba Booth at Embedded World.

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