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The power of BLE goes Arduino At Heart with Blend Micro for your IOT projects

Zoe RomanoMay 30th, 2014


This week we are delighted to announce a new Arduino At Heart Partner targeted for makers to develop low power Internet-Of-Things (IoT) projects quickly and easily: Blend Micro.

Blend Micro, by RedBearLab is an integrated developement board “blend”ing Arduino with Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy (aka BLE or Bluetooth Smart) into a single board.

In the following videos, you can see how easy it is to use Blend Micro with the companion Apps for both iOS and Android. See how to control digital output, PWM and Servo, obtain readings from digital or analog inputs.

On their website you can find some sample codes on how to write your own Apps too. They soon will provide a boot loader update which allow the Blend Micro to be programmed over-the-air from Bluetooth Smart Ready portable devices and PCs, no USB wire is required for uploading the sketch.

If you want Blend Micro now, it’s available in the Arduino Store.



7 Responses to “The power of BLE goes Arduino At Heart with Blend Micro for your IOT projects”

  1. contractorwolf Says:

    very cool, but not really an IOT device since it has no connection to the web

  2. pgerlach Says:

    Well, when 6LoWPAN is finalized, it will 🙂

  3. ransomhall Says:

    Very nice. Let us know when you get a US distributor.

  4. toumasu82 Says:

    An IoT device can also use another device as its gateway to the web. The blend micro (is built in a thing that) connects to the smartphone, which is connected to the web. Using the smartphone as a relay it participates in the internet of things. Just need the right app for bridging the two worlds in case of BLE.
    Likewise do objects that are equipped with NFC tags when they’re scanned. Apart from the fact that you don’t necessarily need a bridging app there.

  5. waynelaroc Says:

    I am using Arduino Yuns as IBeacons with BL4 dongle and Visible light communication by LEDs. Indoor navigations is finally coming up to speed.

  6. Faisalm Says:

    I want to know if it can be attached to a lcd touchscreen?

  7. jackswiftswift Says:

    When it comes to iBeacon solution, I think mokosmart beacon could be helpful to your project. Their soluton covers both hardware and mobile app. Just a mention let you know there is another solution. I’m working on item finding gadget project. In my case, they helped me with the hardward design- chip selection, hardware engineering.

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