Mouser stocks open source IoT platform from MikroElektronika and NXP

Distributor Mouser Electronics now offers the Hexiwear, wearable platform products from MikroElektronika. The open source technology was developed in partnership with NXP and incorporates a low-power NXP Kinetis K64 microcontroller, Bluetooth low energy and wireless connectivity, and six on-board sensors into a compact, wearable form factor.

The low-power hardware, compatible smartphone and iOS apps, and cloud connectivity, allow developers to prototype and build cloud-connected edge nodes, wearable devices, or complex controllers for industrial IoT applications.

The distributor offers a small and sleek, low-power, wearable development kit, with sensors. As well as the Kinetis K64 microcontroller, which is based on an ARM Cortex-M4 core, and a Kinetis KW40Z multimode radio SoC. The expandable board features a 3D accelerometer and magnetometer, three-axis digital gyroscope, pressure sensor and 600mA battery charger as well as a capacitive touch interface 1.1inch, full-colour OLED display.

The platform uses FreeRTOS, the Kinetis software development kit, as well as the Kinetis Design Studio integrated development environment. Developers can access Kinetis Design Studio source files and complete hardware and software schematics. There is access to SPI, I2C, and other serial interfaces for customisation. Developers can plug the Hexiwear device into its docking station and add from nearly 200 sensors through MikroElektronika click boards. The smartphone app for Android and iOS allows developers to remotely access the readings from sensors, and log the data into a cloud.

A single unit can be purchased, or as part of the Power User Pack, which includes the docking station. There are also colour packs, a wristband, soft cover, and front mask, and a standalone docking station with on-board programmer and support for up to three click boards.

Mouser is partnering with Hackster, Autodesk, MikroElektronika, and NXP to give away 100 Hexiwear boards. To enter, participants must submit their project ideas by July 15, 2016, on the Hackster website. For more information about the Hexiwear Hackster Design Challenge, visit


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