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Evaluation kit opens up hot swappable sensor capability

9th June 2015
Mick Elliott

The Multisense Evaluation Kit from Rohm is an add-on sensor platform, opening up hot swappable sensor capability to projects.  Customers can test and interchange six of the most popular sensors from Rohm for portable applications on most platforms with USB host support. It is on sale at Farnell element14.

The sensor kit includes the baseboard for connecting to a host system platform and six sensor modules including a hall effect 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.  Additionally, drivers are available for popular platforms like Raspberry Pi, BeagleBone Black and others including Windows.

This broad array of sensors lend themselves to home automation, lighting, IoT devices and security applications – all of which Farnell element14 wholly and thoroughly supports. 

In fact, 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, is ideal for incorporating the latest in sensing technologies into these rapidly developing areas.

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