Bitalino, from Portuguese biosensor producer Plux, is a development platform designed specifically for collecting and transmitting biofeedback signals.

The palm-sized board ships as an all-in-one system that includes a micro-controller, Bluetooth module, an LED, an accelerometer, an ambient light sensor, and other sensors that can detect electrical signals from the skin, muscles, and heart. An external Li-Po battery and a handful of leads are also provided for connecting the biofeedback sensors to a person’s skin.

A “freestyle” version is also available that separates each of the available components out so tinkerers and developers can recombine them to fit various form factors in the final product, or even add new sensors of their own.

Wearable Computing Platform: BITalino
Wearable Computing Platform

Two sample projects coming out of the platform include:

  • VitaliDrive - A steering wheel that integrates lycra electrodes and an ECG sensor
  • LockBit - A door lock that uses Electromyographic (EMG) signals as a trigger to unlock and open a door.

All of the data is ready to be collected and interpreted right out of the box with the free OpenSignals software Plux provides. There’s also a large collection of APIs, covering everything from Java to Android to Raspberry Pi, with more on the way.

With similar sensing capabilities as fitness and medical devices, Bitalino has obvious applications for monitoring aspects of the body’s health and wellbeing. And there are many other possibilities, such as creating DIY versions of muscle-sensing armbands for controlling other devices, like Myo and Nymi. (For those who want even more biosensing power -- like physiotherapists or researchers -- the company also makes a professional-grade platform calledBiosignalsplux.)

Visit Plux’s website to learn more or order a kit, and see the video below for more examples of Bitalino in action.

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Additional: Github page, MAKE coverage