About this project
MetaWear is the world's first development and production platform designed specifically for Wearables. It comes in a tiny form factor to fit any product and is manufacturing ready, certified, and cost optimized.
All you have to do is create an iOS or Android App and in minutes, you have a production quality Bluetooth Low Energy product you can sell!
IoT + BLE HARDWARE GETS A SIMPLE ANDROID AND IOS API
With MetaWear, You can create hardware that connects to a Smartphone effortlessly.
Everything works right out of the box so you can build prototypes fast and effortlessly.
Simply download or fork the API on Github, pick and choose the sensors you want to use on the MetaWear board, customize your App, turn on LEDs and get feedback from the accelerometer and voila! You have a functional product with hardware and a mobile App!
SO YOU HAVE AN IDEA? CHECK OUT OUR PROJECTS
You can check out how easy it is to get started with our LED Toggle Demo here.
BUILD PRODUCTION READY WEARABLE HARDWARE
We love development boards, they are great for prototyping but they can only take you so far. Traditional development boards have a lot of shortcomings including size, cost, and scalability. A Raspberry-PI doesn't fit into a necklace, a bracelet, or a shirt. You cannot send an Arduino prototype to a factory or ship it to your customers door.
MetaWear removes the step between prototype and fabrication; it is built with simplicity and manufacturability in mind. The board has been cost and BOM optimized so you can easily make 1 or 1 million.
The antenna on the board has been CE and FCC certified by a professional TCB lab in California. This makes it easier if your are selling your MetaWear based product and reduces your expenses and paperwork.
We take the hardware development out of your product and reduce prototyping time and cost by more than 90%.
THIS BOARD HAS A TINY FORM-FACTOR THAT FITS ANY APPLICATION
MetaWear is only 17mm x 26mm.
The micro form-factor means you are free to embedded the board in any device, no matter how small.
There are no limitations anymore, MetaWear is so tiny it can be embedded into a t-shirt, watch, bracelet, key-chains, glasses, even jewelry.
MAKE COOL THINGS
We created MetaWear because we love building things; especially Smartphone and Bluetooth connected things. So while the kit is fun enough on its own; it is the projects you can build with MetaWear that really excite us.
Here are just a few examples of what you could build:
- Anti-theft and authenticity checker for valuables like your bike, Prada purse, or Gucci wallet
- Turn your favorite lamp into an automatic Tweeting lamp
- A clip-on that vibrates when your teammates push changes to your repository
- Your very own "That was Easy" Button
- Build a lover's necklace that sends text messages to your significant other
- Turn a headband into a fashionable accessory that counts calories and miles
- Create iBeacons and devices for home automation
- A motion alarm to detect thieves and intruders
- A generic BLE button with unlimited functionality. It triggers an automated text message or ignores a call when you are driving
- A camera trigger for your Smartphone
- Trigger a fake phone call to get out of that meeting with the managers
- A handlebar mounted device with a speed indicator, turn signals and LED feedback when you get a call
- Add haptic feedback pods to your mobile game or app
- Make the Oculus-Rift even more realistic with force feedback for full body immersion
These are just a few of the projects that we have imagined. We will be sharing these ideas, and any others hacks we build in the future, through Kickstarter updates and on our site.
A SIMPLE API FOR IOS AND ANDROID
Our developer friendly API means you control the MetaWear board from an iOS or Android App.
The API is all about Bluetooth connectivity and leveraging sensor data from your MetaWear board to any Android or iOS Smartphone. With the API you can connect the MetaWear board to any BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) smart device seamlessly.
You control all peripherals, sensors, and IOs using simple function calls over BLE.
Just download our documentation and sample Apps from Github and get started. It's that simple.
Do you want to toggle the LED On and Off using a random color? There is one API call for that.
Need accelerometer data for your Fitness Tracker? There is one API call to enable the accelerometer and one callback to get the X,Y,Z data.
We wrote the firmware on the ARM Core for you. That frees you up to focus on your App and the user experience of your product.
Now all you have to do is customize the MetaWear sample iOS or Android App for your application.
PRINT METAWEAR CAD ENCLOSURES FOR A COMPLETE SOLUTION
We don't want your beta testers to see a bare PCB board so we make it easy by providing you with CAD enclosures that fit the MetaWear board.
Get on the MbientLab MetaWear store on shapeways.com and print our MetaWear ready enclosures.
You can choose from shapes including a heart pendant, a bracelet, a pill-box, or a simple rectangular case to complete your MetaWear based product.
Now you are only hours away from a fully demonstrable prototype.
CUSTOMIZE TO GET EXACTLY WHAT YOU NEED
This board packs a punch in a tiny form-factor; there's nothing you can't build with MetaWear.
The MetaWear basic platform comes with the MetaWear board, a rechargeable USB battery, a coin vibrator, and a buzzer. Keep what you want, leave out what you don't.
The MetaWear kit comes with the MetaWear board, a rechargeable USB battery, a coin vibrator, extra goodies, and a surprise bonus accessory you will get when we ship.
CUSTOMIZE AT ANY LEVEL
We don't want you to be limited in any way so MetaWear was built for everyone; professional and learners alike.
There's even extra GPIOs and an I2C bus you can use to add additional sensors to the board. You can add an LCD screen, a Heart Rate sensor, or a gyroscope and extend MetaWear's functionality.
OUR TEAM AND STORY
We are a team of engineers, designers, and thinkers who wanted to help lower the barrier to creating compelling Smartphone connected hardware. Many people have been involved in various ways, but the core team members are Matt and Laura.
We've been building connected hardware and consumer products for a long time and we really love doing it. We are BLE and embedded devices experts and we wanted to help future hardware developers, engineers, hackers, tinkerers, and Makers.
We set out to build a different kind of development board. We don't have the time or the budget to build custom PCBs for every project and we hate ripping apart our prototypes to salvage components. Most dev boards are simply too big and power hungry for many projects where we only need a few pins and sensors. And so MetaWear was born!
- Bluetooth 4.0 (Low energy)
- Android and iOS sample MetaWear App to get started
- Documentation on Github
- Simple API calls to connect with Bluetooth
- Simple API calls to control peripherals and sensors
- FCC / CE certified
- Downloadable CAD enclosures
- Wireless software updates (OTA)
- ANCS compatible
- BLE range of up to 150ft
- Nordic BLE SOC + ARM Cortex M0
- 256KB flash memory + 8KB RAM.
- Bluetooth Low Energy stack + Metawear Firmware pre-loaded
- 3.7V DC (with on board power regulator)
- USB micro rechargeable Lithium Ion battery
- 2 analog/digital I/O pins + I2C for extensions
- 3-axis accelerometer (w/ tilt, orientation, freefall detection)
- Ultra Bright RGB LED
- Coin vibrator motor
- Simple 4Khz Buzzer
- Temperature sensor
- Micro push-button
MANUFACTURING SCHEDULE AND DELIVERY
Risks and challenges
There are always significant challenges in manufacturing and delivering any hardware product at scale. Mass manufacturing isn't the same as prototype development; besides making the Metawear board work, we have to make sure they are secure and reliable, and that they can be manufactured efficiently at larger volumes.
Fortunately, we've have been working hard and established relationships with manufacturing partners in the US and China that will help us bring Metawear to your doorstep. Plus, the Metawear does not require the same tooling expenses and long lead times that products with injection molded enclosures require, which significantly decreases our fixed costs and delivery timeline.
Of course, there are still risks associated with producing the Metawear board. Unexpected changes in component lead times, availability, and cost are examples of factors outside our direct control that could affect our delivery timeline, but we are working hard to mitigate those risks and plan to be transparent throughout the delivery process.
The other risk with this and any other project that involves physical delivery comes with shipping. There are a number of unforeseen circumstances that can cause problems during the actual physical shipping of the Metawear boards. We plan to work with proven companies to help ensure that our boards arrive (in perfect condition) at their delivery destination. Since unforeseen circumstances can sometimes impact the shipping world, we will also make sure to have methods/resources in place to overcome any difficulties.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
You have two options to interact with MetaWear:
1. Using the Android/iOS API.
You just need to know how to program in Java and Objective-C, pull up Xcode, Eclipse, or your favorite IDE and start toggling LEDs directly from your Smartphone. You can download example code and API documentation from Github.
2. Write your own firmware.
You simply purchase a Nordic debugger, write some C (up to 256KB of code) in the Keil/Eclipse/IAR IDE, and flash the Nordic BLE SOC through the exposed debug/programming port. You can find documentation and support on the Nordic website.
The Android API is written in Java.
The iOS API is written in Objective C.
The battery lifetime is highly dependent on the use case and can be anything from multiple weeks (as indication jewelry) to multiple months (as a beacon) on a single charge.
You can also use different batteries than the one provided if your application requires a longer device life span.
When connected idly, the energy draw is very low, allowing the device to standby for months.
The USB jack is used to recharge the poli-ion battery.
Power Source Group:
-5V Input as an Alternate to USB
-Battery Negative (Board Ground)
-Regulated Power (~3V)
Misc Peripheral Group:
-Regulated Power (for Motor/Buzzer Positive)
-High Current Sink (for Motor/Buzzer Negative)
-2 Misc Analog/DIgital Pins
Yes you can. For some iOS/iPhone versions you can connect up to 10 BLE devices simultaneously.
About 2 grams without the battery.
You can download documentation, our API, example projects and CAD files from Github once we start shipping MetaWear boards.
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