Giveaway ends in !


AAC is partnering with Silicon Labs to give away 4 Thunderboard Sense Kits to help with your next design. Each winner will also receive one randomly selected prize of the following: Ecobee3, Nest Learning Thermostat, NanoLeaf – Aurora Smarter Kit, Philips Hue.

Take a look at the information below and don’t forget to enter the contest. 

About Thunderboard Sense

Thunderboard Sense is a small and feature packed development platform for battery operated IoT applications. The mobile app enables a quick proof of concept of cloud-connected sensors. The multi-protocol radio combined with a broad selection of onboard sensors, make the Thunderboard Sense an excellent platform to develop and prototype a wide range of battery-powered IoT applications.

More information on getting started with Thunderboard Sense is available on

Thunderboard Sense Features: 

Wireless Gecko EFR32™

  • Sub-GHz to 2.4 GHz wireless SoC
  • Multi-protocol radio
  • ARM® Cortex® M4 core with 32 kB RAM and 256 kB Flash
  • Low Energy Consumption
  • Flexible MCU peripheral interfaces

Kit Features

  • Segger J-Link Integrated Debugger
  • USB CDC virtual serial port
  • 8 Mbit SPI ultra low power NOR flash for local storage

Mobile app

  • Mobile app for Android and iOS 
  • iOS app implemented in swift
  • Android app implanted in native code
  • Source code available at GitHub

Mobile app features

  • Beacon notifications 
  • View sensor data
  • Control LEDs and detect button pushes
  • Stream sensor data to the cloud

Cloud streaming

  • Data is stored in Firebase
  • Web frontend is implemented in ReactJS
    • Using Alt.js as the flux implementation
    • D3.js for data driven charts
  • All source code available

Sensors, I/O, and Misc. Control

  • Relative Humidity and Temperature Sensor Si7021
  • UV and Ambient Light Sensor Si1133 
  • Pressure Sensor BMP280
  • Indoor Air Quality and Gas Sensor CCS811
  • 6-axis Inertial Sensor ICM-20648
  • MEMS Microphone SPV1840
  • High brightness LEDs
  • Hall-effect Sensor (coming soon!)

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68 Ideas

  • Shanem21 2017-06-04

    A weather station closest to home.

  • gusa 2017-06-04

    Adding a external sdcard and a loud speaker could be the brain for a small biped robot. It could be used as a voice assistance system in a biped robot hardware.

  • Medrolet 2017-06-05

    Digital wind chime.

  • WTH 2017-06-05

    Add to my weather station project.

    Replace the Electric Imp on my tweeting car door.

    Full featured bike computer.

  • Bernard Bautista 2017-06-05

    This is a fully-featured sensor kit! I can implement this with my backyard mushroom farm as climate control system. Temperature, humidity, ambient light and indoor air quality sensors are very useful to monitor and maintain profitable conditions for oyster mushroom production.

  • Gamecat 2017-06-05

    Automated greenhouse. Dh11, water pump, moisture sensor, atomiser, led lights, camera.

  • dtvp 2017-06-05

    A moving air quality station which syncs to your smartphone and samples the air quality and other parameter on your commute whether you are a biker or a motorcyclist.

  • Ken Mercer 2017-06-05

    Wheelchair controller for tetraplegic people

  • Petrus_ufpe 2017-06-05

    We are interested in produce a cloud database using thunderboard Sense as a personal IoT device informing the UV exposition in workplaces for each work cathegory using workers using the device.

  • divbansal 2017-06-05

    Developing a long pipes inside-checking robots with the MCU integrated with the Sensor board provided by you.

  • devinmcelheran 2017-06-06

    I don’t know what I would make with it, but I’m sure I would learn a lot just tinkering with it.

  • Well why not a noise pollution station with weather station and air monitor capabilities

  • ramosjos321 2017-06-08

    Develop an electronic nose system with 8 Taguchi sensors.

  • CBonee 2017-06-08

    Automatic and monitored greenhouse

  • bigwilley 2017-06-08

    Home Attic weather sensor.  Should be fun!

  • Barnys 2017-06-09

    I am not sure what I would make with it, but, like all things, once I have one I will find a use for it.

  • tevfik 2017-06-12

    plant monitoring with an external capacitve probe.

  • Peter Roy 2017-06-12

    this would help me automate the issuing the driving license procedure. A driver in the test would navigate through test road patterns which have position sensors all along.without discrimination or corruption, the license issued to the driver would be authentic.the system would print test passed or failed.

  • isobob21 2017-06-13

    An IOT network of environmental / weather monitoring stations using all the Thunderboard sensors and more, combined with local footfall sensing, human and wildlife

  • yonaguska 2017-06-13

    Coupled with LoRa communications system to provide remote environmental measurements. Also have the remote unit capable of generating visual and aural alarms to drive away predators.

  • Abhishek sharma 6 2017-06-13

    It can be used to optimize indoor farming such as Aeroponics , Thunderboard sense can make it low cost and efficient as we get different sensors with cloud streaming ability enabling us to measure temperature ,humidity ,air quality ,amount of light ,high brightness LEDs can be used as a light source .Also pressure sensor will acknowledge the growth of plant as their weight increases .

  • ANI SAM VARGHESE 2017-06-14

    I am on process of prototyping a machine learning platform using Google Tensor Flow engine on raspberry pi for sensor fusion. Sensors on board the Thunder-board Sense Kit will be interfaced for data logging on Pi using BLE and will be used for event detection in a room and used for predicting the user habits for energy saving & optimization. Analytics will be used for implementing user feedback on energy wastage . Integrated and low power Thunderboard Sense Kit is ideal for this application.

  • Mahomed Khomo 2017-06-14

    Great an automated Aeroponic system, control humidity, temperature and light to the required level. add an sdcard to logo data and learn the best growing conditions for each a particular plant of interest

  • dmtan90 2017-06-15

    Measure the environment conditions (Light, UV, Temperature, Humidity, CO2, Pressure) in a freight farm.

  • sumanthbingo 2017-06-16

    Since this kit features so many sensors, wireless and cloud capabilities and also because it is a low power kit, it can be best used for creating a ‘UNIVERSAL IoT NODE’ that can be configured to do anything that the user wants to do. With a good mobile application that it already has, a little bit of tinkering with the UI and other Peripherals can make it easy enough for even a non-tech person to deploy it in any kind of application, limited only by one’s imagination!

  • DHANA SEKAR 1 2017-06-17

    I would like to develop a low cost Hand held medical kit for doctor using Thunderboard Sense Kits board as an alternate to costlier equipment.

    We can easily measure the Body temperature of Human by placing the   Relative Humidity and Temperature Sensor Si7021 under the arm of human.

    Heart rate and hemoglobin level of Human are easily measure using High brightness LEDs and UV and Ambient Light Sensor Si1133 by configuring as pulse oximeter.

    Pressure Sensor BMP280 can be easily used as blood pressure monitoring .

    Quality of the oxygen is monitored using Indoor Air Quality and Gas Sensor .

    MEMS Microphone SPV1840 will be used as voice assistance for patient who cannot able to move.

    For programming Environment, a user friendly library will be developed, which makes exploring “Medical KIT” fun and easier,without digging deep into the hardware and software involved behind.

  • AVD 2017-06-18

    We want to build an environment variable sensing unit integrated with small weather station for chemistry laboratory.
    The project aims to provide accurate data about the surroundings like temperature, pressure, humidity, air-quality etc. - required for setup and execution of various experiments. This data will be available on the personal device like Smartphone by means of Bluetooth or other broadcasting options and Beacon notifications.
    Also we want to integrate it with a sensing platform containing Gas Sensor, Temperature Probe, pH Sensor, Conductivity Probe, Voltage Probe etc.
    Our search for the controller board was over as soon as I read about Thunderboard Sense , The board provides all the processing, broadcasting capabilities needed for our project and many sensors are built in. so Thunderboard Sense is an ideal solution for our project not only in hardware capabilities but also in software support and application.

  • bowenfeng 2017-06-18

    I’ll make a ski tracking device to track every single move you’ve made, the posture you’ve had on the ski slope along with the altitude, the temperature/humidity and the UV levels on your trace.
    The project will equip this Thunderboard Sense Kit on the back of the skier so it will be able to constantly collecting the gesture data via the 6-axis IMU and send it to the phone via Bluetooth. The data will be processed to show when you were skiing faster, where did you make a turn, where did you jump, where did you fall, etc.  It will also collect other data on the trace to give a richer context of what was the environment like during your last trace.
    In addition to this, I’d add an external GPS to match the data to a map. Since everything will be stored in Firebase, the data will be aggregated and visualized on a Google map layer to show the activities and the data of your ski trip.

    • bowenfeng 2017-06-18

      Oh, and I though in addition to above features, I can also add an auto SOS feature if we sense unusual fall or sharp stop, it can send out SOS messages to the emergency contact. The skier could also click one of the buttons to manually send out SOS message. After sending out the message, the board will enter emergency mode, the RGB led will flash red light continuously to help people find the skier.

  • mbcetzabin 2017-06-18

    I am going to make a BLE based indoor navigation beacon system along with intelligent multi parameter monitor gateway using the Thunderboard Sense Kit . Custom BLE mesh will be implemented and a fault tolerant embedded system will be designed using the Thunderboard Sense Kit . Intel INTEL JOULE based central node will be implemented and it will do the sensor data fusion algorithm for meaning full information gathering services. A deep neural network based learning system will be prototyped on intel joule & it will complement the measurements done with INTEL realsense camera using the plenty of on-board Thunderboard Sense Kit sensor data. I hope that this ultra low power and cost sensor suite with BLE TAG CAN REPLACE HIGH END HIGH COST SENSOR SYSTEMS AND will provide easy platform for prototyping in a multi-platform environment . Node.js will act act as glue layer for sensor data aggregation and cloud computing.An interactive data visualization is planned to be designed using the Processing environment. Available sample firmware and apps will heavily reduce the prototyping time.If selected to use the kit we hope that we can implement this system prototype in our university campus.

    Eagerly waiting for the results….....

  • deandlmcs 2017-06-21

    for runnung my pond to moniter pump water level feed fish with set feeding times to txt/email me if a problem arises set redunduntcies for any varibles from the above like if water level drops to much is to stop pump open secondary solinoid for aireater so fish get maxum amount of oxygen still filtering through the system with main pump off line water temp and heater maybe water oxygen sensing all allerts txt/email me with condition then with that info i decide whether my programming will be enough to care for my fish or do i need to shoot home

  • mookiebud 2017-06-21

    Coupled with an app, cognitive in-home environmental station

  • Nyarwendo 2017-06-22

    Developing a plc programmed device to cater for irrigating my farm through sensing the need of my crops

  • OKneip 2017-06-22

    Temperature Sensor

  • bobybacs 2017-06-22

    IoT sensor for industrial/home automation

  • mikeeok 2017-06-22

    indoor sensor ZigBee network, collect temperature, humidity and air quality data from several rooms in a building and display them online
    + air quality visualization with RGB leds

  • AKSHAYIEDC 2017-06-23

    Hi, I am an engineer at atmospheric studies instrumentation division LAB.  As part of atmospheric studies thesis of various PhD students, A imported GPS-Radio sonde ( Radiosonde for atmospheric soundings | Intermet Systems )is being used by students to obtain the atmospheric details.A radiosonde is a battery-powered telemetry instrument package carried into the atmosphere usually by a weather balloon that measures various atmospheric parameters and transmits them by radio to a ground receiver. Modern radiosondes measure or calculate the following variables: altitude, pressure, temperature, relative humidity, wind (both wind speed and wind direction), cosmic ray readings at high altitude and geographical position (latitude/longitude). Radiosondes measuring ozone concentration are known as ozonesondes. A rubber or latex balloon filled with either helium or hydrogen lifts the device up through the atmosphere. The maximum altitude to which the balloon ascends is determined by the diameter and thickness of the balloon.The modern radiosonde communicates via radio with a computer that stores all the variables in real time.Radiosonde data is a crucially important component of numerical weather prediction.

    As part of in-house development of radiosondes due to huge cost of imported foreign radiosondes,  Our team is interested in developing a miniaturized version of the same using Thunderboard Sense Kit Module. So we are applying for this giveaway. Since this our first giveaway program all of our students are excited.

    This Thunderboard Sense Kit is ideal for weather balloon since it has all sensors in an integrated form factor with configurable RF interface in a small form factor with added advantage of low power consumption.

    If selected we will build a real world prototype using Thunderboard Sense Kit   Module and will flight test it in the weather balloon . We will also interface a variety of atmospheric sensors(Analog/Digital) and Telemetry modules with the Thunderboard Sense Kit Module and test its performance . Also microSD based data logging will be implemented along with GPS time stamping. Thus recovery of payload is possible after the balloon burst.

    So waiting patiently for the results

    with HOPE,
    Atmospheric Division Students and Staff

  • Ipv1 2017-06-23

    IoT baby monitor with motion and noise analysis during sleep to understand patterns in disruptions if sleep cycles.

  • sparkystud 2017-06-24

    automation and climate change data

  • Kim Craft 2017-06-25

    Would make a great weather-and internal-condition monitoring device/app for private pilots to have on board in the cockpit of a small place.  Allows for quick, up-to-date information on pressure, temperature, air quality, gas sensing, etc.  Could be a life saver!

  • chaowi 2017-06-26

    smart indoor garden controller

  • mujtaba223 2017-06-27

    A wearable sensor for classification of running, dribbling and walking in the sport of field hockey.
    Will also evaluate parameters such as shot speed and tempo.
    It will be a digital training assistant for a field hockey player.
    A cloud based user database will be available for the users to compare , view and share,
    This data base will also be used for data analysis and improvement of algorithm.

  • Hatim1997 2017-06-27

    Add it to my drone project to be used for it’s weather sensors, and for it’s speech recognition feature.

  • edsilicon 2017-06-28

    Home security system

  • ChannelJuanNews 2017-06-28

    I would build a plant automation system that keeps tracks of my crops and gathers data on the different types of soil, air, light, and temperature, etc to then feed a machine learning algorithm to determine the best conditions that produce the finest crops. smile

  • lubinda 2017-06-28

    To be used by my students for a project and can’t wait to see how it will benefit them if i win.

  • benarji 2017-06-28

    Stranger detection with pir sensor

  • sebastjan.k96 2017-06-28

    I would make automated system for my vacation house. Watering flowers, temperature control, etc. I would store all the data from sensors in cloud and i would include camera streaming through all the house.

  • Automated field irrigation using sensors and controllers

  • Vs838255 2017-06-28

    Make a drone using esp8266 and mpu6050

  • Sajith Dimal 2017-06-28

    Tsunami and flood warning system.

  • olmstw 2017-06-28

    wireless remote pH ans TDS monitoring and correction system for Aquaponics

  • Vicks-create 2017-06-28

    Can be added to the weather stations around places usually attacked by floods, earthquake, just to monitor and be careful

  • Kwadwo Dompreh 2017-06-28

    GPS Body panic alert (BPA) for lost people

  • Kwadwo Dompreh 2017-06-28

    GPS Body panic alert (BPA) for lost people

  • rodrigoestra 2017-06-28

    Create low cost weather station to increment the number station we have, in the last years we has bad weather quality.

  • erratioanimus 2017-06-28

    A data collector for optimizing the thermo electric generator I am working on. Designed to take advantage of ambient heat from black top/concrete/water surfaces and by a reciprocal mechanical process harness unused energy to be used as surfaces cool and external heat dissipates

  • erratioanimus 2017-06-28

    A data collector for optimizing the thermo electric generator I am working on. Designed to take advantage of ambient heat from black top/concrete/water surfaces and by a reciprocal mechanical process harness unused energy to be used as surfaces cool and external heat dissipates

  • Renz Sonjaco 2017-06-28

    I want to create an internet connected CNC plotter so that I can print or mill my projects away from home. After I mastered the CNC plotter, then I’ll make internet connected 3D printer. For the CNC plotter I’ll use old CD ROM drives.

  • Renz Sonjaco 2017-06-28

    I will make my a weather station with air quality check that will be connected to the internet so other people can know the weather or air quality in our town.

  • Shubh006 2017-06-28

    Electric socket that will sense the gadgets are charged completely and switch off the supply

  • Shubh006 2017-06-28

    Electric socket that will sense the gadgets are charged completely and switch off the supply

  • Shubh006 2017-06-28

    Electric socket that will sense the gadgets are charged completely and switch off the supply

  • Tushar3112 2017-06-28

    To make a parking estimation system so that it can be used to ease the parking issues in metropolitan cities.

  • Maheep08 2017-06-28

    Studying the household environment and taking any necessary action required. The data can be uploaded on a website with each use having his own login I’d and password

  • Joji John Varghese 2017-06-28

    I am going to use the Thunderboard Sense Kit as an upgrade to my PEACHSAT project Mark-3.

    A new class of distributed space missions is emerging which requires hundreds to thousands of satellites for real-time, distributed, multi-point sensing to accomplish long-awaited remote sensing and science objectives. These missions, stymied by the lack of a low-cost mass-producible solution, can become reality by merging the concepts of distributed satellite systems and terrestrial wireless sensor networks.

    The Thunderboard Sense Kit is suitable for this application since it can act as a highly compact OBC ( ON BOARD COMPUTER), Sensor& Payload Substem( rich collection of sensors) along with telemetry-Telecommand section due to presence of reconfigurable multi protocol radio.

    The ultra low power capability makes this a drop in solution for FEMTO-SATELLITE apllication puposes

  • Syed Junaid Ahmed 2017-06-29

    Multiple sensors data station

  • Keerthankopparam 2017-06-29

    Smart device for small retailers.