STElectronics is one of the big boys in the MEMS sensor world, and Valencell is an emerging leader in biometric sensors. (If you own earbuds that feature any kind of biometric sensor, it probably includes Valencell tech.) The companies announced today a development kit for biometric wearables.
The ST SensorTile is a 13.5mm square module that comprises a microcontroller, a BLE chipset, a mic, and environmental sensors. Valencell’s Benchmark sensor package and software adds the ability to track a range of heart rate data, VO2 and VO2 Max, and calorie burn.
As with any dev kit, the companies hope to provide a turnkey platform that device manufacturers can use to speed product development.
Pricing and availability were not announced. They’ll be showing at next month’s CES.