Hardware

Building A Wireless Sensing Infrastructure

Our two main requirements for choosing a sensor node design were cost per unit — since low costs allow experimentation with large numbers of nodes — and immediate availability.

Design of the Sense/Stage MiniBee

Our design goals were:

  • Low cost
  • Small form factor
  • Flexible sensor configuration
  • Usable for control of motors, LEDs, and other actuators.
  • Operable in large groups (10+ nodes)
  • Long battery life
  • Ease of use
  • Programmable, so that the board can take care of more logic and processing of data, if desired by the user