Motion Development Kit

By: Shimmer Research  05/12/2011
Keywords: Application Development, Wireless Network, Wireless Solutions


The Shimmer Motion Development Kit provides developers with a comprehensive tool set to support rapid design, prototyping and implementation of wireless solutions based on the state of the art Shimmer platform. The kit provides complete development environment for Bluetooth, IEEE 802.15.4, or local storage in body worn applications.

Complete with three assembled Shimmer Gyro units, the Shimmer Motion Development Kit combines an accelerometer integrated onto the Shimmer main-board with Shimmer’s rigid Gyro daughter board to give 6 degree freedom motion capture and analysis. The assembled unit offers raw serial digital outputs of 3D acceleration and 3D angular rate for inertial measurements.

Shimmer provides a highly configurable and extensible platform, and enables the user to capture and transmit raw data specific to their application requirements.

Supported by a range of development software tools and applications including LabVIEW and C# applications this ensures simplicity in the creation of wearable wireless solutions.

Package Highlights

Based on programmable Shimmer unit with versatile range of uses:

  • Sensing capabilities include – Accelerometer and Gyroscope
  • Highly configurable, multi-functional sensing platform for wireless sensor network /ad-hoc wireless network
  • Integrated Bluetooth and 802.15.4 radios for wireless communications, peer-to-peer contact, and mesh networking
  • Local storage via 2GB microSD card for data logging applications

Features and Benefits

The kit supplies researchers and developers with the necessary supports to realise market ready wireless solutions:

Highly Configurable
  • Can be programmed to meet your specific application, with configurable sensitivity, sampling rate, transmission rate and frequency, communication protocols, and packet formats

  • Shimmer platform easily integrates and interacts with existing systems and technologies

No Proprietary Software
  • Full access to all raw sensed data to interpret data specific to your application, product or service requirements

Supporting Application Development Tools
  • Supporting developer applications including LabVIEW, ShimmerConnect, and a full range of TinyOS firmware


Shimmer is designed for wearable and remote sensing applications. The Shimmer unit is designed to be highly flexible and adaptable, easily integrating into existing systems and technologies The Shimmer Motion Development Kit combining Gyro (IMU) and Accelerometer offers 6 degrees of freedom and is used currently for the following applications to name a few:

  • Biomechanics
  • Gait analysis
  • Sports technique and analysis
  • Motion tracking of objects or people
  • Gestural computing and human-computer interface research
  • Remote Home Monitoring and mHealth
  • Motor function analysis
  • Virtual reality and Gaming

Keywords: Application Development, Data Logging, development software, development tools, Local Storage, Mesh Networking, proprietary software, Remote Sensing, Software Tools, Wireless Network, wireless sensor, wireless sensor network, Wireless Solutions

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