Circuit Board Turns Wearable Tech Into A DIY Project For Anyone
Quarter-sized device allows you to create a piece of wearable tech in 30 minutes.
This week engineering design firm MbientLab launched a Kickstarter campaign for its new wearable tech device called MetaWear. Unlike other development boards, this miniature tool works right out of the box, making it easy to create hardware and devices that sync to your smartphone. Traditional development boards have difficulty being implemented into wearables because of size, cost, and scalability, but the creators of MetaWear have resolved these issues. MetaWear is a tiny ARM+Bluetooth LE Platform, the only development and production platform designed specifically for wearables. Its small size and developer friendly API (compatible with both iOS and Android) reduces prototyping time and cost. MetaWear has a Github account with API libraries, documentation and sample iOS/Android Apps to get you started, and has been cost and BOM optimized. The BLE radio has also been CE and FCC certified by a professional TCB lab, so users don't have any paperwork to complete. MetaWear envisions the creation of lots of fun products with this technology, such as a headband that counts calories and miles, an anti-theft and authenticity checker for valuables, and a fake phone call trigger, among other things. MetaWear comes with the MetaWear board, a rechargeable USB battery, a coin vibrator and a buzzer. Interested customers can back the campaign until May 2. It is available for $30, and will be delivered in May 2014.