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Making wearable devices gets easier with Freescale's Warp development kit

Agam Shah | Jan. 7, 2014
Freescale Semiconductor wants users to develop and test their own wearable devices with a mini-computer.

"We currently have two other daughter cards in planning for launch in 2014 that will enable other usage models including ECG and continuous heart rate monitoring," Thompson said.

By exploring new usage models, the Warp community will also help in the development of expansion cards, Thompson said.

The board has a Freescale single-core i.MX 6SoloLite processor based on the ARM Cortex-A9 processor core design. It has 2D graphics capabilities, and draws minimal power. The i.MX 6SoloLite chip supports external 32-bit LPDDR2 memory or low-voltage DDR3 memory. It also supports Ethernet inputs and SD cards.

Warp comes with Android 4.3 OS and a related software development kit. The hardware is open-source, and the company will publish the schematics of the board for others to replicate and manufacture.

"We are following the Open Source Hardware Association best practices. We will also publish a complete open source version of Android 4.3 with limited functionality," Thompson said.

Warp is a result of a collaboration between Freescale, software company Kynetics and robotics company Revolution Robotics, Freescale said.

 

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