After a few months waiting, MetaWear is finally here! This is the first time I’ve been a backer in Kickstarter and I have to say the experience has been fantastic, I have to congratule to the team, MbientLab, for the great job they’ve done!
Probably if you’ve never heard about MetaWear you may be wondering what the hell MetaWear is.
MetaWear, as you see in the image is the little board with the following features:
- Nordic Semiconductor nRF51822 BLE SoC
- 2.4 GHz transceiver
- ARM® CortexTM-M0 32 bit processor
- 256 kB flash program memory
- 16 kB RAM
- 8/9/10 bit ADC
- FreescaleTM MMA8452Q 3-Axis Accelerometer
- Lithium Ion/Polymer battery charger
- Ultra-Bright RGB LED with 20mA driver
- Miniature push-button switch
- High current driver for external vibration motor
- Micro-USB rechargeable
- Battery charge monitor
- I/O Expansion
- Digital I2C Bus
- 4 Analog/Digital Pins
- 4 Digital Pins
What else can I ask for a little board ready for production? – I have Bluetooth 4.0 LE, Acelerometer integrated, mini usb port to charge the battery, Digital and Analog I/O, Temperature sensor, iBeacons.. It opens the door to create tiny devices for fields like mHealth, wearables, IoT and any other where you have a brilliant idea to extend the capabilities of your smartphone for cases where just an app is not enough.
I had a quick look to the Library for iOS and I have to say that it is looking very good, the code is very well structured to start writing useful application quickly. I hope they open source it soon to let the community to contribute with some ideas. I hope the same for the firmware, which at the moment the repository on Github is empty.
Now it’s time to enjoy doing some prototypes with this little board and I hope to post some ideas with my friend @AntoniojZamora very soon