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Test Drive HexiWear: The Wearable IoT Development Kit

We are offering 3 DesignSpark members the opportunity to Test Drive the new wearable IoT Development kit available from RS Components, Hexiwear (923-6084).

Hexiwear  (923-6084) is a wearable development kit for the Internet of Things era, which was originally launched on KickStarter by MikroElektronika. 

It is a small and sleek, low-power device packed with sensors to quantify yourself and the world around you. Wirelessly enabled, it can connect both to devices nearby – or cloud servers far away. It's the greatest feature? The new and original firmware you will develop.

Above all, Hexiwear  (923-6084) is a foundation for your own inventions. It comes with several preloaded apps to give you a flying start. From there, you can use it to build a smartwatch, a remote sensor tag, or expand it into a sophisticated smart home controller.

The six sides represent the six benefits of Hexiwear: 

  • Compact wearable form factor 
  • Low power 
  • Expandability 
  • Connectivity 
  • Availability (open source)
  • Community


 Makers, start-ups, students, and R&D engineers will all benefit from this IoT development platform.

Hexiwear's core functionality can also be enhanced with hundreds of additional sensors actuators and transceivers of all kinds. All you need to do is park it on the Hexiwear Docking Station, which is included in our Test Drive bundle.

In creative hands, Hexiwear can be almost anything. A few possible applications include; motion capture, pedometer, weather station, smartwatch and wall mounted smart home control centre, however, we know that you guys and girls of DesignSpark can do much more! 

 Hardware Specs:

  • MCU: NXP Kinetis K64 MCU (ARM® Cortex®-M4, 120 MHz, 1M Flash, 256K SRAM)
  • BLE: NXP Kinetis KW4x (ARM® Cortex®-M0+, Bluetooth Low Energy & 802.15.4 Wireless MCU) 
  • 3D Accelerometer and 3D Magnetometer: NXP FXOS8700CQ 
  • 3-Axis Digital Gyroscope: NXP FXAS21002 
  • Absolute Digital Pressure sensor: NXP MPL3115A2R1 
  • 600 mA Single-cell Li-Ion/Li-Polymer Battery Charger: NXP MC34671 
  • Light-to-digital converter: TAOS TSL2561 
  • Digital humidity and temperature sensor: MEAS HTU21D 
  • Heart-rate sensor: Maxim’s MAX3010x 
  • 1.1” full colour OLED display 
  • Haptic feedback engine 
  • 190 mAh 2C Li-Po battery 
  • Capacitive touch interface 
  • RGB LED 
  • 8 MB of additional Flash memory

How do I enter? 

The Test Drive competition requires interested DesignSpark members to submit an application by clicking here or on the banner below. Entrants must indicate their previous experience with similar technologies, applications or equipment and an overview of how they will incorporate Hexiwear into a future project if they are selected to Test Drive the product.

Winning entries are also expected to post an article on detailing their project from start to finish with supporting photos, diagrams or videos. You may instead choose to post a detailed product review, however, please state this during the application stage along with details of how you will review the product.

These projects and reviews can be either written or in video format. Please state your preference when applying. The completed article or video must be live on within 60 days of the items being received.

The successful applicants for this Test Drive will receive a bundle containing:
1 x HexiWear Wearable Dev Kit for IoT (923-6084)
1 x HexiWear IoT Dev Kit Accessory Pack (122-2280)
1 x HexiWear IoT Dev Kit Docking Station (122-2284)

Applications Close: 10pm Wednesday 17th August 2016 (GMT)
Judging Closes: 5pm Wednesday 25th August 2016 (GMT)
The announcement of Winners:  Thursday 26th August 2016


The panel of judges for each Test Drive will include a member of the DesignSpark community team, a member of product marketing at RS Components and a member of product management within RS Components.

Judging will be based on the below criteria, weighted equally: :
1. Innovation and originality of ideas
2. Demonstrated competence with the technologies including links or descriptions of past projects
3. Relevant qualifications, either through employment, education or training.
4. A detailed description of how the prize would be used in a project.
5. Blogging/Vlogging experience

By submitting an application entrant agree to adhere to the DesignSpark Test Drive terms and conditions.

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27 Jul 2016, 10:00


September 9, 2016 08:05

Hi Inderpreet the judging panel considered the following:

- Demonstrated competence with the technologies including links or descriptions of past projects.
- Relevant qualifications, either through employment, education or training.
- A detailed description of how the prize would be used.
- Blogging/Vlogging experience.

It was extremely difficult to narrow the entries down to just the three selected for the Hexiwear.

Thanks once again for your entry. We will have more opportunities in the near future.

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September 7, 2016 18:55

Congrats to the chosen. I fail to understand the evaluation process but that voodoo that you do must be good.


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August 29, 2016 18:30

Are the winners announced? I haven't seen any announcement.

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August 5, 2016 09:35

Hi bozdal thank you for your comment. Yes we are happy to take profile information in to consideration too, where applicable.

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August 4, 2016 13:39

Wil you consider the profile information or do we need to explain everything in 1000 chars?

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