Start collecting environmental and motion data easily. Thunderboard Sense kits support multiprotocol wireless connectivity including Bluetooth®, Thread, and Zigbee, and its sleek design is supported by free online analytics dashboard and open source mobile apps.
Unleash the power of Thunderboard Sense. Let's start with unboxing, downloading the app and exploring the sensors and basic features.
Note: Refer to the BLE Demo User's Guide for more detailed information on the Thunderboard Sense BLE demo
Note: The air quality sensor and RGB LEDs requires external power. You will need to power the board via USB to test these.
Launch the app to discover your Thunderboard Sense.
Press the Reset button on the Thunderboard Sense to restart advertising.
After connecting with the Thunderboard Sense you will be taken to the app dashboard.
When you have successfully connected the Thunderboard Sense we are ready to test the board features.
Download Simplicity Studio and run the installer. If you already have Simplicity Studio installed, you can skip to Step 5.
Connect the Thunderboard Sense to your computer using a micro-USB B cable. A blue LED should turn on next to the USB connector to verify connectivity.
Follow the Installation Wizard so it can install the basic drivers.
By logging in, you will get access to the required wireless stacks and SDKs for Thunderboard Sense. You do not need to register your Thunderboard Sense at this time.
5a. If this is your first time to install Simplicity Studio, simply follow the Install Wizard recommendations based on the detected “Connected Devices”.
5b. If you already had Simplicity Studio installed, click on the “Update Software” button and choose the “Install Wizard” from the bottom of the dialog box.
5c. Insure that latest version of the "Bluetooth SDK" (version 2.6 or later) is installed.
5d. In the Launcher window, click to change the preferred SDK, and choose the Gecko SDK Suite featuring the latest Bluetooth SDK.
In the Launcher perspective, with your Sense kit selected in the Devices window, select the desired project from the available “Software Examples”. This action will clone the pre-tested project. From here you can explore and modify and source code, compile, and debug.
Get inspired by other users on the Silicon Labs community. These projects use the Thunderboard Sense, Raspberry PI, Python and other gadgets to create cool gateways, environmental monitors and experiments.