Nordic Thingy:53IoT prototyping platform

Multi-protocol IoT prototyping platform

The Nordic Thingy:53™ is an easy-to-use IoT prototyping platform. It makes it possible to create prototypes and proofs-of-concept without building custom hardware. The Thingy:53 is built around the nRF5340 SoC, our flagship dual-core wireless SoC. The processing power and memory size of its dual Arm Cortex-M33 processors enables it to run embedded machine learning (ML) models directly on the device.

The nRF Edge Impulse app enables users to connect their Nordic Thingy:53 to their Edge Impulse studio account through a mobile device. It allows them to wirelessly transfer sensor data over Bluetooth LE to the mobile device and upload it to the cloud for training and download trained ML models to the Thingy:53 for deployment and inferencing. The app also acts as the GUI for viewing inferencing results from a running ML model.

The Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) radio allows updating firmware and communication over Bluetooth LE, and the radio also supports other protocols like Bluetooth mesh, Thread, Zigbee, and proprietary 2.4 GHz protocols. The Thread protocol compatibility also makes it a great choice when developing products for the new Matter ecosystem. Matter is a standardized application layer for connected home applications, using the Internet Protocol (IP) as the network layer. 

The Thingy:53 also includes many different integrated sensors, like environmental-, and color and light sensors, accelerometers, and a magnetometer, which all can be taken advantage of without additional hardware. It is powered by a rechargeable Li-Po battery with a 1350 mAh capacity that can be charged via USB-C. There is also an external 4-pin JST connector compatible with the Stemma/Qwiic/Grove standards for hardware accessories.

Every Thingy:53 comes pre-installed with the firmware to work with the nRF Edge Impulse app for iOS and Android. Also released with the Thingy:53 is the nRF Programmer app for updating the device firmware directly over the air from a mobile device.


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Key features
  • Supports Bluetooth LE, Bluetooth mesh, Thread, Zigbee, Matter, proprietary 2.4 GHz, and NFC
  • Enabled for embedded machine learning (ML)
  • Environmental sensor for temperature, humidity, air quality and air pressure
  • Color and light sensor
  • Low-power accelerometer and inertial measurement unit (IMU)
  • High-quality MEMS microphone and buzzer
  • User-programmable buttons and RGB LED
  • Rechargeable Li-Po battery with 1350 mAh capacity 

Get started developing

To get started, please follow the Nordic Thingy:53 Getting started guide.

To develop applications for the Thingy:53, you will use the nRF Connect SDK, which contains a variety of compatible libraries and samples. We also have a dedicated guide for development on Thingy:53, see Developing with Thingy:53.

For more information on the Thingy:53 hardware development platform, see the Thingy:53 Hardware Description. If you have further questions, get in contact with our technical support team on DevZone.