Silicon Labs's latest prototyping vehicle makes it easier to connect wireless sensor nodes to mobile devices and the cloud to help businesses make data-driven decisions.

The Thunderboard React developer kit features a battery-powered, sensor-rich demonstration board with Bluetooth low energy technology and an ARM Cortex-M4 processor for IoT connectivity, along with open-source design files and software for mobile apps running on Android and iOS devices.

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Thunderboard React simplifies IoT design by providing the sensing, processing and wireless components needed to connect a battery-powered sensor node to a cloud database. The on-board sensors measure motion, light and environmental conditions, and this real-time sensor data is transmitted to the cloud over a Bluetooth connection. An intuitive mobile app displays the data on smartphones and tablets while enabling the user to control the board.

No RF expertise is required to develop wireless sensing applications with Thunderboard React. Developers can get up and running in minutes with Silicon Labs' easy-to-use wireless development tools, and the pre-certified Bluetooth low energy module minimises the time and effort required for global wireless certifications.

The Thunderboard React kit includes the following Silicon Labs components and software:

  • BGM111 globally pre-certified Bluetooth low-energy module
  • Si7021 relative humidity and temperature sensor
  • Si1133 UV index and ambient light sensor
  • 6-axis gyro/accelerometer
  • Hall effect position sensor
  • Open-source design files
  • Android and iOS mobile app

"Thunderboard React, along with our free firmware and source code, provides developers and makers with an easy, flexible way to evaluate and prototype wireless sensor nodes that connect to the cloud through Bluetooth low energy," said Daniel Cooley, senior vice president and general manager of IoT products at Silicon Labs.

An optional Pinewood Derby-style car kit can be ordered to use with Thunderboard React. The board fits neatly into the body of the derby car and displays acceleration, speed, distance, inertia, proximity, humidity and temperature.

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The Thunderboard React kit, including the demonstration board, firmware, mobile app and cloud software, is available today and priced at Rs. 1,959.46 ($29). The Thunderboard React Derby Car kit, which bundles a Pinewood Derby car with the Thunderboard React board, is available today and priced at Rs. 3,986.49 ($59).