Grid-EYE sensor Evaluation Kit enables fast prototyping of IoT and many other applications
Panasonic Automotive & Industrial Systems has launched this evaluation kit for its Grid-Eye infrared array sensor, which integrates a ”nanopower” Bluetooth Smart module and a microcontroller. The kit is intended for prototyping the Grid-EYE sensor which is a 64 pixel IR camera in a surface mount package measuring 11.6mm x 8mm x 4.3mm, which integrates the MEMS sensor, lens and I2C interface.
The integrated Bluetooth module in the evaluation kit, the PAN1740, draws 4.9mA in transmit or receive operating modes, which means it can be powered by coin cell batteries. The IR sensor has 64 thermopile elements in an 8×8 grid format that detect absolute surface temperature without any contact.
- Fast evaluation
With the already existing software for PC, our customers can evaluate the sensor immediately.
- Fast Prototyping
User can easily do rapid prototyping using the Python, Labview source codes and the examples provided.
- Easy to develop own applications
With the already existing APIs provided to our customer the following can be achieved:
- API Level 1: Basic sensor features
- API Level 2: Image processing and object detection
- API Level 3: Human detection and tracking
Some of the distinguishing product features are as following:
- Grid-EYE sensor AMG8832
- Bluetooth Smart Module PAN1740
- Atmel ATSAM-D21G18A Microcontroller
- Dual purpose evaluation board with independent and Arduino modes
- Display the data to a PC or smartphone
- LabView Compatible
The sensor itself can be used in a wide range of applications and this evaluation kit allows our customers to proto-type and test it in their own designs.
- Motion Detection
- Presence Detection
- Temperature Detection
- Hot Spot Detection
- Safety and Lighting Control
- Building Control and Energy Saving
- People tracking/ counting
- Consumer Comfort
- Gesture Control
Technical Information for Download
The following supporting documents which include all the details for setting up, using and developing applications on the evaluation kit are available for download here:
Software & Source Code for Download
Along with the evaluation kit, Panasonic is also providing the customers with a free PC software. This can be downloaded from the link below. The kit is a “plug & play” device when used with this software on PC. Links below also include all source codes for Python and LabView that can be further used by our customers to develop their own application. Moreover, you can also find below the three level APIs of Grid-EYE developed by Panasonic and available free of charge for our customers. Please feel free to use these codes and APIs provided by Panasonic in your development and prototyping. People Detection Demo Software
Arduino Code (Compatible with Evaluation Kit)
SAM BA 2.15 (Note: SAM BA 2.16 is currently not compatible with Evaluation Kit)
Note: Customers who want to have access to the source code of the Bluetooth Module Firmware of the Evaluation Kit need to sign an SLA with Dialog. Please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
*BSD License applies to all the sample codes and APIs that customers will download.
The following links can be useful for the customers in developing their own applications.
Interested in buying the Evaluation Kit?
You can easily purchase the Grid-Eye Evaluation Kit from one of our Distribution Partners:
- AS electronic
Grid-EYE - Videos
Sensing Solution with the 1st SMT thermopile array sensor