If you are interested in obtaining the Sense/Stage MiniBee, please contact me, so I can make an offer. The table below lists the prices of separate items. The documentation page unpacking the kit gives an indication of the items you need to get started.

item price excl VAT price incl VAT
Sense/Stage MiniBee € 32,23 € 39,00
Sense/Stage XPee expansion € 1,61 € 1,95
Sense/Stage XPree expansion € 1,90 € 2,30
XBee S11 € 23,97 € 29,00
XBee Pro S11 € 38,02 € 46,00

Other items that you will need, but that I do not have in stock are the ones below. These items can be found at local SparkFun resellers:

The minimum that you need is:

  • An XBee Explorer USB board with an XBee and a Sense/Stage MiniBee with an XBee and a Lithium Ion Battery and a charger to be able to charge the battery.

You can then add more MiniBees to the set that will communicate to the same coordinator. For each you’ll need:

  • a Sense/Stage MiniBee with an XBee and a Lithium Ion Battery

If you are new to Sense/Stage, mention in the email what you are planning to do, so I can help you determine what you’ll need for your project!

Documentation on the Sense/Stage MiniBee.


The Sense/Stage MiniBee is a small microcontroller board based on the Arduino, integrated with a connection for an XBee wireless chip. It is small and comes with preloaded firmware to use it easily in your wireless projects for a lot of common sensing and actuating purposes. As a bonus there is a 3-axis accelerometer on board. Cross platform open source software sends the data from the boards to your interactive environment via OpenSoundControl (OSC).

Overview of the features:

  • 6 analog inputs: A0, A1, A2, A3, A6, A7
  • 8 digital inputs or outputs: D3, D5, D6, D7, D8, D9, D10, D11
  • PWM (“analog”) output, at pins D3, D5, D6, D9, D10, D11
  • TWI (or I2C) communication: SDA (A4), SCL (A5)
  • Integrated ADXL345 – 3-axis accelerometer
  • Serial I/O: RX, TX (to XBee)
  • Power input (between 3.3V and 5V), through battery connector and coin cell battery
  • Regulated power output: 3.3V, GND
  • On/off switch
  • Short circuit protection with a resetting fuse
  • Preprogrammed with firmware for wireless configuration for using many common sensors
  • Firmware communication with software data sharing network supported by many common interactive software environments (e.g. SuperCollider, Max/MSP, PureData, Processing).
  • Status LEDs for power, association with XBee network, XBee receiving data, and configuration status
  • Small footprint

Documentation on the Sense/Stage MiniBee is found on this website. Currently the website is being rewritten as an overhaul of the old websites:

  1. The XBee Series 1 are no longer produced. I still have stock available though, and I will sell those until I run out before making the transition to XBee Series 3. 2