SXSW 2014: Connected Home Developers Garage

The Connected Home Developers Garage (the Developers Garage) is helping you bring the Internet of Things into homes around the world! During South By Southwest® 2014 (SXSW), Silicon Labs arranged the connected home conference together with iControl Network and Time Warner Cable.


Designers had the opportunity to see the latest connected home applications and could share ideas with experts from the leading smart home companies. Here we’ll share some great demos displayed at the Developers Garage.


The sun is the source of many types of radiation, and UVR is a form of radiation that we are exposed to. But unlike other forms of solar radiation, such as light and heat, UVR cannot be seen or felt. Exposure to UVR can cause not only sunburn but also lasting damage to skin and eyes.

So how do you know if you have been exposed by ultraviolet radiation, and if it was too much? Silicon Labs’ single-chip digital UV index sensor enables an easy way to perform sensing UV light and ambient light, long range proximity and gesture recognition, and even heart rate/pulse oximetry. It works well under a variety of light sources such as direct sunlight and under dark glass. It also detects motions with 2D or 3D gestures, which is suitable for touch less control in panels, access points and wearables. Learn more


Silicon Labs’ Ember development kits are designed to help you in remote network monitoring and they have debugging capabilities built into every element of the development environment. The development kits provide all the basic tools needed to start developing and testing networks, and Silicon Lab’s ZigBee solutions are the basis for the majority of today’s smart and connected home infrastructure. If you ever visit the Aria hotel in Las Vegas, you’ll find yourself surrounded by no less than 70.000 ZigBee nodes working flawlessly together. Learn more


Smart and connected sensors need processing capabilities, and the EFM32™ Wonder Gecko 32-bit microcontroller (MCU) family from Silicon Labs includes 60 devices that use the ARM® Cortex®-M4 processor. The EFM32 Wonder Gecko family provides a full DSP instruction set and includes a hardware FPU for faster computation performance and lets developers create IoT applications which require long battery life. Developers can download free software tool, the Simplicity Studio™ development platform, which includes a new 8- and 32-bit IDE, hardware configurator, build tools and real-time power analyzer and energy monitor. Learn more

We also showcased Silicon Labs’ combined MCU + Sensor solution at the SXSW Developers Garage. The SENSOR-EXP-EVB card provides a convenient development platform for Silicon Labs’ Si701x/2x Relative Humidity and Temperature Sensors and Si114x UV Index, Ambient Light, Proximity and 3D Gesture Sensors. The card plugs directly into the expansion header of the EFM32™ Zero Gecko Starter Kit and is fully supported in Simplicity Studio for fast prototyping and development. Learn more

Would you like to learn more about the connected home solutions? Visit our ZigBee Networking Systems page or share your ideas and get some useful tips on our community.

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