Panasonic – IR sensor board enables rapid prototyping of presence-detection systems

Panasonic Automotive & Industrial Systems has introduced a complete wireless evaluation platform to help designers to take full advantage of the contactless temperature-measurement capability of its Grid-EYE Infra-Red (IR) array sensor.

The Grid-EYE Evaluation Kit integrates a very low-power Bluetooth Smart module, the PAN1740, a microcontroller and an AMG8832 Grid-EYE sensor. The sensor itself is a 64-pixel IR camera in a surface-mount package measuring 11.6mm x 8mm x 4.3mm, which includes the MEMS sensor, lens and I2C interface.

The PAN1740 Bluetooth module draws 4.9mA in Transmit or Receive modes, which means it can be powered by coin-cell batteries.


  • Atmel ATSAM-D21G18A microcontroller
  • Board works in both independent and Arduino modes
  • Displays thermal data on a PC or smartphone
  • Compatible with LabVIEW system design software


  • Motion detection
  • Presence detection
  • Temperature detection
  • Hot-spot detection
  • Safety and lighting controls
  • Building control
  • People tracking/counting
  • Gesture control

Orderable Part Number: AMG8832EK