Sensors Expo 2015: Anaren Atmosphere development tool dominoes around Sensors Expo show floor

One of the most exciting things to see at a show is product uptake. For me, this is when briefings exit the theoretical and/or marketing stage and show their true value for embedded developers. One such briefing occurred almost by accident when I met with Anaren’s Mark Grazier on the show floor.

At Sensors Expo, Anaren was displaying version 1.2 of their Atmosphere development platform, a nifty online tool that allows you to quickly create Bluetooth Low Energy-enabled (BLE-enabled) sensor applications on the Anaren Bluetooth Multi-Sensor Development Board (MSDB) through DesignerView, a web-based drag and drop GUI that also accepts JavaScript. In parallel, the Atmosphere integrates a mobile app for project monitoring/reporting. It doesn’t really get much more DIY-friendly than this, so if you haven’t had the chance to check out Atmosphere and you have a couple of minutes, watch the video below showing how easy it is to build a weather station with just the MSDB, an STMicro pressure sensor, and Atmosphere.

 

[Figure 1 | The Anaren Bluetooth Multi-Sensor Development Board (MSDB) based on Broadcom’s BCM20737 IC.]

Things got even more interesting during the briefing when Mark mentioned that he unknowingly saw Anaren’s MSDB and Atmosphere mobile app running a few booths down in an energy harvesting application. He walked me down to the Jennova booth and introduced me to Terry Pennisi, Founder and Head of R&D at the Midwestern engineering company (www.jennova.com), who was using the MSDB and Atmosphere dev platform to monitor and display outputs from their electrodynamic energy harvesting platform.

[Figure 2 | Jennova leveraged the Anaren MSDB and the Atmosphere development platform to monitor and display the results of their electrodynamic energy harvesting technology.]

And the hits just kept on coming, as from there Pennisi mentioned that his company had also partnered with Monnit, a low-cost wireless sensor producer that I had met with earlier in the show. Nick Mecham, Monnit’s Executive VP, introduced me to the startup that integrates hardware, software, and connectivity into a flexible, end-to-end wireless sensing platforms, as well as associated gateways that connect via cellular, Ethernet, modbus, or USB and can support up to 100 sensors. Monnit pushes out about six new sensors and one gateway every year, and recently announced a cloud-based monitoring platform of their own called “iMonnit” … get it? Find out more about them at www.monnit.com.

As I said earlier, this kind of rabbit hole is fun to go down as you can get a first-hand glimpse of industry collaboration, and possibly an early look at some innovative solutions. For Anaren’s part, the plan to continue integrating features and functionality into the MSDB and Atmosphere dev environment over the next few months, so stay tuned.

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