Nicla Sense ME: Arduino’s Upcoming Smallest Form Factor AI Development Board

Nicla Sense ME: Arduino’s Upcoming Smallest Form Factor AI Development Board

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You don’t usually find a new AI development board by Arduino in the documentation before the release. For the Bosch Sensortec IoT Innovation Challenge, the first batch of the AI board has been sent to the participants. If you are interested in getting your hands on this new Arduino Nicla Sense ME, then you might have to wait until Autumn for the release. As of now, there is no information on the pricing of the board. The AI development board is built around the Cortex-M4 nRF52832 microcontroller, integrated with a rich set of sensors packed in the smallest form factor yet.

The AI development board, Nicla Sense ME, gets the industrial sensors onboard, such as temperature, humidity and movement. If you plan to use BLE, the 9-axis inertial measurement unit, along with the Bluetooth Low Energy connectivity, can help you build exciting wireless projects. Since the board was primarily designed for the Bosch Sensortec IoT Innovation Challenge, it gets all the industrial-grade wireless sensing networks with the onboard BHI260AP, BMP390, BMM150 and BME688 Bosch sensors.

One of the important things to note in this AI board is that it does not support Wi-Fi wireless connectivity but is designed with an ANNA B112 Bluetooth module. This can be one of the best boards for your IoT remote applications as it can accurately measure rotation, acceleration, pressure, humidity, temperature, air quality and CO2 levels.

Nicla Sense ME Prototype

As mentioned earlier, the Boash BHI260AP is an AI smart sensor hub with integrated IMU that features Fuser 2 CPU core, 6-axis IMU, and AI features like self-learning AI software for fitness tracking and relative and absolute orientation. The Boash BMP390 is a high-performance pressure sensor with an operation range of 300-1250 hPa. It is also equipped with a Bosch BMM150 3-axis magnetometer and Bosch BME688 environmental sensing with artificial intelligence.

The Nicla Sense ME features a built-in RGB that can be utilised as a feedback component for applications. The LED is connected through I2C; therefore, specific functions need to be used to operate the LED colors.” The Arduino Nicla Sense ME can be powered through a micro-USB, ESLOV or VIN.

To get started with the board, you just need Arduino Desktop IDE, where you connect the Arduino Nicla Sense ME to your computer through a micro-USB cable. This will also power the AI, development board. For more information on getting started and using the specific sensors on the board, please visit the product page.

About Abhishek Jadhav

Abhishek Jadhav is an engineering student, freelance tech writer, RISC-V Ambassador, and leader of the Open Hardware Developer Community.

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