Panasonic : Evaluation kit for infra-red array sensor enables fast prototyping of IoT applications

Panasonic Automotive and Industrial Systems has released an evaluation kit for wireless sensor development which includes its Grid-EYE Infra-Red (IR) array sensor and nanopower PAN1740 Bluetooth® Smart module and a microcontroller on a single board.

By combining its new IR sensor technology with Bluetooth technology and software for IR detection of people and objects on one board, Panasonic enables users to rapidly develop prototypes and build new Internet of Things (IoT) applications.

The kit’s software includes a basic application-programming interface and imageprocessing capability. Available as both PC software and a smartphone app, it enables users to test the sensor in various applications.

The Grid-EyE IR array sensor is the first ever 64-pixel IR camera in a compact surface-mount package. Based on Panasonic’s MEMS technology, the Grid-EyE device combines a MEMS sensor chip, a digital ASIC with an I2C interface, and a silicon lens just 0.3mm high. It has 64 thermopile elements in an 8×8 grid format which detect absolute surface temperature without any contact.

The sensor package measures just 11.6mm x 8mm x 4.3mm, which is around 70% smaller than competing products. It is capable of detecting the position and presence of people and objects, whether they are still or moving, sensing the direction of movement, and capturing accurate measurements of surface temperature in a range from -20°C to 100°C.

The PAN1740 Bluetooth module in the kit is optimised for low-power operation, drawing just 4.9mA in Transmit or Receive modes, and has a footprint of just 9.0mm x 9.5mm, and is 1.8mm high. It can run from a coin-cell battery.


  • Atmel SAM D21 microcontroller
  • MicroUSB 2.0 interface and cable
  • 5V USB power supply
  • Four Arduino-compatible headers


  • Intelligent lighting systems
  • Domestic appliances
  • Safety and security systems
  • Patient monitoring equipment
  • Hot-spot detection
  • Contactless temperature measurement


Orderable Part Number: EVAL_PAN1740