Six-sensor platform evaluation kit from Rohm, in distribution

June 10, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
Distributor Farnell element14 has Rohm’s Multisense Evaluation Kit add-on sensor platform, opening up hot swappable sensor capability to projects. Users can test and interchange six of the most popular sensors from Rohm for portable applications on most platforms with USB host support.

The sensor kit includes the baseboard for connecting to a host system platform and six sensor modules including a Hall effect (magnetic field) sensor, analogue ambient light sensor, digital ambient light sensor, UV light sensor, MEMS motion sensor, and a temperature sensor.

The multi-sense base board interfaces with the host through a USB connection and holds one sensor breakout module board at a time. Drivers are available for popular platforms such as Raspberry Pi, BeagleBone Black and others, including Windows.

These sensors lend themselves to home automation, lighting, IoT devices and security applications. The DreamBoard initiative, held on the element14 Community, which allowed members to create their own unique development kit design, placed temperature sensors and accelerometers and at the top of their list for required sensors on their own ultimate development kit.

In a recent study by element14, 68% of respondents out of a total of 3,500 consumers placed healthcare at the top of a list of areas where technology should be a main focus, followed by renewable energy and the environment. This kit, priced at £39.97 (UK Pounds or equivalent), is suitable for incorporating the latest in sensing technologies into these rapidly developing areas.

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