The Development Kit is designed for hardcore developers who would like to take their RuuviTag sensors to the limit by flashing and debugging the devices via SWD (Serial-Wire-Debug) bus or use RuuviTag’s extra IO connections on bottom of the circuit board.
Debug your firmware via SWD (the nRF52-DK has an integrated Segger J-Link programmer)
Easy access to all the IO pins found on bottom of the RuuviTag
The original RuuviTag software can be restored (factory reset)
Safely test different protocol stacks in development (Bluetooth 5 for example, an upcoming feature)
No hassle with a battery while developing because the shield powers the RuuviTag
Do I need one?
The DevKit isn’t needed if you’re happy to flash your RuuviTags over-the-air.
For most of the people, DFU OTA (Device Firmware Update Over-the-Air) is enough if no protocol stack or bootloader has to be replaced or no serious debugging is needed.
Note also that if you’re developing your own firmware, power consumption measurements are recommended so that possible current leaks can be obtained. A great tool for this is Nordic Semiconductor’s Power Profiler Kit which is compatible with the nRF52-DK evaluation board.