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1, 2, 3, 4... minibat!

posted May 13, 2013, 4:16 AM by Daniel Berenguer   [ updated May 13, 2013, 4:17 AM ]
Our battery-board has proven to be very useful in building automation and energy management applications. However, these boards are a bit bulky for mobile applications where a person or pet needs to carry or wear a wireless device. As result, we have been working on a new concept, a more compact design powered from a single cell coin.

minibat-board with membrane keypad

Figure 1 : minibat-board with membrane keypad. To be used as remote control or wall switch

This is minibat-board, a 50x30mm board featuring a MAX1724, the same boost regulator included in our battery-boards, capable to take power from a battery below 0.8 V.

Instead of focusing on usual ambiance monitoring applications, we think that this board has a huge potential for all those applications having to do with healthcare monitoring or motion sensing. In fact, we have mounted a 3-axis accelerometer (Intersil) on one of our prototypes to do some tests.

minibat-board for panStamp powered from coin cell
Figure 2 : minibat-board for panStamp powered from coin cell

This small board will be showcased at Maker Faire Bay Area at the end of this week. Remember to come to visit us at booth 408 in the Expo Hall (Start-up area) if you have the opportunity.