by zGlue

A low-power, low-cost, wireless wearable built with chip-stacking technology.

View all updates Jun 20, 2018

zOrigin FAQs

It’s been almost a month since we launched zOrigin. We would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every backer for your support. As we approach June 29, the end of our crowdfunding campaign, we would like to provide you with all the answers you need so that you gain a complete understanding of zOrigin. We want you to love this project as much as we do.

Below is a list of frequently asked questions and answers we have compiled thus far. You can find more FAQs regarding our company and technology here: https://www.zglue.com/why-zglue/faq

1. Will you be releasing the zCAD files for zOrigin, and the STL file for the 3D-printed enclosure?

The zCAD software and associated files will be released after the shipment of zOrigin. Each backer will receive a free trial of zCAD software to design their own chips. When released, zCAD software will allow you to select chiplets from the library and place them on our Smart Fabric. Users can then check design rules and fine-tune the design through simulations, and the system will help validate their optimized design.

The pogo pins of the 3D casing are custom made, and we used a high precision 3D printing service to create the new production quality enclosure. We will share the file along with the zOrigin release, and can also advise you along the process of making your own enclosure if you like.

2. Can zOrigin be used as a beacon/ tracker for my cat?

Of course! Your fur-kid can use zOrigin too!

3. Can zOrigin be reprogrammed by the user to track movements other than steps?

Yes, you can re-program DA14585 MCU to track other movements. Maybe some cool dance moves?

4. Does the zOrigin work independently or only while actively connected to a smartphone?

zOrigin requires a smartphone to display data. However, it can be adapted to be independent with additional peripherals.

5. Does zOrigin compute data or store ‘raw’ data that is later used in the app?

zOrigin computes the data before sending it to your smartphone. However, if you write your own firmware, you can store raw data in the DA14585 RAM before sending it to your end-point.

6. Can I connect zOrigin to my own App?

Of course! You can design your own Android or IOS App to communicate with zOrigin. We plan on sharing the zOrigin SDK, so you will have all the information you need to get started on making your app.

7. How long can it be used until the memory is full?

The stacked memory stores the DA14585 code. You can temporarily store the data in the DA14585 RAM. How much data you can store really depends on your usage. If you want to store larger data, you may want to consider adding a Memory Chip on your board.

8. Can I control the vibration strength of zOrigin?

Yes, you can. The DA14585 MCU has a PWM timer that allows you to tune vibration strength.

Our No.1 mission is to empower you to create your own IoT SoC! Don’t be shy to shoot us a question if you have any queries or require assistance from us. We look forward to witnessing your creative innovations with zOrigin!

$8,970 raised

of $1 goal

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Jun 29 2018
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Product Choices



An incredibly small, ready-to-use fitness tracking fob that measures heart rate, temperature, and footsteps. Comes with 3D-printed enclosure, battery, charging cable, quickstart guide, and smartphone app.


zOrigin Dev Board

This dev board breaks out and makes easily accessible all the pins and functionality of the ZGLZ1 chip, the custom ZiP that powers the zOrigin. Includes a PMOD connector, and two electrode pads and cables for heart rate monitoring.


Five-pack of ZGLZ1BA Chips

Prototype your own projects using the same chip as used in zOrigin. Each chip is ten-by-ten, 0.8-mm-pitch BGA package measuring 8.7 mm x 9.1 mm.


zOrigin Deluxe Kit

Includes one of each of the above pledge levels: one zOrigin, one zOrigin Dev Board, and one Five-pack of ZGLZ1BA Chips.



We stack chips on demand by integrating the essential pieces of any connected things - processing, sensing, memory, and communication into one chip - giving unlimited freedom for creating things that are smaller, faster, and cheaper than what standard SoC and PCB integration technologies can offer. We help you build you next big thing, with quality, speed, and scalability.

Meng He

Project Lead

Jawad Nasrullah


Kelly Huang


Myron Shak

Ming Zhang

Hani Abidi

Omar Alnaggar

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