i-BLADES and Bosch Sensortec BME680
The i-BLADES partnership with Bosch Sensortec is a case study in how fast and flexible the Smartcase platform is. The i-BLADES team and Bosch Sensortec took less than 2 months to get the BME 680 (a 4-in 1 sensor that measures air quality) to be operational on the mobile platform – release here.
Now every Smartcase is shipping with the BME 680. This gives consumers who buy an i-BLADES Smartcases the ability to measure and sample air quality instantly and accurately. This is a major step forwards because being attached to the phone, the i-BLADES case is always with the consumer. Which makes it incredibly convenient as it samples the air where the consumer is, providing instant and accurate feedback. However, most consumer-based devices that measure air quality are stationary and focus on the home environment. Additionally, air quality devices until recently were $1000’s, but prices have recently dropped to around $100-$200. The i-BLADES Smartcase is priced far lower and it comes as an expandable IoT platform not just a one-stop air quality monitor.
“As the leading global sensor maker we are very pleased with our partnership with i-BLADES. Having access to the mass market smartphone consumer quickly is critical for our future success,” said Marcellino Gemelli, Director of Global Business Development, Bosch Sensortec.
6 advantages of the i-BLADES IOT platform
The example of the BME 680 and the partnership with Bosch-Sensortec clearly demonstrated the advantages of the i-BLADES Smartcase as an IoT platform:
Access to millions of consumers – The majority consumers use phone cases . The i-BLADES Smartcase can be adapted for any smartphone, thereby giving MEMS technology partners the opportunity to reach a significant market.
Always with the consumer – The Smartcase protects the consumer’s most personal device. This being always with them makes it a natural IoT platform and enabler.
Fits with existing usage – it is not asking consumers to buy a new device. Which new MEMs technology often does creating a barrier to take-up. Most people protect their phones.
Ready made power supply – the i-BLADES Smartcase leverages the power supply from the smartphone. So not requiring an additional power source.
Connectivity – the i-BLADES Smartcase leverages the smartphone’s connectivity. Ensuring the sensor can readily upload information.
Access to a screen – the i-BLADES Smartcase leverages the smartphone’s screen and UI. Information can be displayed to the consumer without the creation of a separate device.
The ultimate advantage of the i-BLADES IOT platform is that it does not require the purchase of additional devices or accessories to bring to market new MEMS technology. These sensors can be accomodated on Smartblades or on the phone case itself.