ARM TechCon


Project Voxel are displaying a prototype device at ARM's TechCon event in Santa Clara from the 1st - 3rd October. The device is a demonstration of using the Nordic nRF51822 as a mbed target, specifically an mbed target that is capable of controlling Bluetooth Low Energy connections.

The current device includes:
This device is the first fully manufactured PCB that we've made as a project and we are planning to rapidly iterate on this over the coming weeks. We plan to add a large selection of MEMs devices and other sensors to enable low energy data logging and interpretation, with the goal of creating a really strong Bluetooth Low Energy development platform for hobbyists and hardware developers alike. We also plan to opensource a large portion of our hardware designs for colloboration and as education resources for first time circuit designers.

The list of sensors that we are currently looking to support in our hardware design include:
This list is not exhaustive and we may well add to it over time, we will also be aiming to provide a decent quantity of onboard storage to allow long term data gathering.

We are also looking into the possibility of developing a wearable device using the same basis technologies from the larger development board. This wearable will be targeted at event and gig settings where the crowd can become a giant lighting system. Unlike a few other technologies that currently exist within the market, we will be specifically looking to create a reusable device that can interact with other people's devices and its surroundings. We will be posting much more information about this project on our blog.

Our team consists of three, third-year engineers studying at the University of Cambridge. We have received both financial and technical support in our project from both ARM and SPIP (a project sponsorship system setup by the Engineering Department), and through this project we aim to help others learn the basics of surface mount circuit design and soldering. Before we started this project, our team only had a very small experience of circuit design and had never worked with surface mount components - so we really appreciate the assistance we have received.