The Sensor Network Museumtm - SHIMMER

The SHIMMER node

Manufacturer documentation: Hardware Reference [pdf]

Selection of SHIMMER components

SHIMMER - Sensing Health with Intelligence, Modularity, Mobility, and Experimental Reusability

SHIMMER is a small wireless sensor platform designed to support wearable applications. It provides an extremely extensible platform for real-time kinematic motion and physiological sensing. It features a large storage capacity and low-power standards based wireless communication technologies which facilitate wearable or wireless sensing in both connected and disconnected modes.

SHIMMER provides an extremely compact extensible platform for long-term wearable or wireless sensing using proven system building blocks. The design is realized using conventional design and assembly technology to ensure repeatability and economy. SHIMMER will help to create an ecosystem of health-related technologies that provide a highly mobile capability which is tightly integrated with supporting infrastructure.

Platform Features:

Compact Form Factor, Light & Wearable (Weight: 15 Grams, Volume: 50mm x 25mm x 12.5mm)

Support for Bluetooth and 802.15.4 wireless communications (WML-C46A, CC2420)

Offline Data Capture - Micro SD Card Storage - 2 Gigabytes

Open Platform, driven by TinyOS -

Internal and external connectors for expansion

Integrated TCP/IP stack for 802.15.4

Integrated 3-axis MEMs accelerometer with selectable range

Integrated Li-ion battery mgmt.

Available as add-on extension boards and accessories:

Kinematics sensing (3 axis Gyroscope)

Advanced Kinematics sensing (3 axis Gyroscope + 3 axis magnetic sensing)

3 Lead Micro-power ECG


Breakout board to thru-holes for rapid prototyping

USB programming/charging dock

6-SHIMMER Charger

The SHIMMER platform is being utilised for a variety of applications. These include:

Gait Analysis

Sleep Studies

Cognitive Awareness

Activities of Daily Living Studies

Vital Signs Monitoring

Chronic Disease Management

SHIMMER was designed in 2007 by Benjamin Kuris, with Firmware by Steven Ayer and Mechanical design by Doug Bennett. All three are members of Intel's Digital Health Group.