Bluetooth Developer Starter Kit version 3

Bluetooth Developer Starter Kit

Introduction If you’re new to developing Bluetooth applications or firmware, the Bluetooth Developer Starter Kit (BDSK) is the perfect resource for you. It consists of several coding projects for you to complete, starting with an Arduino 101 project, which leads you one step at a time through the process of designing and implementing a custom Bluetooth profile on the Arduino. This allows a smartphone application to control a custom circuit connected to the Arduino. Once you’ve completed the Arduino... Continue Reading

How to Deploy Bluetooth Secure Gateway on Intel Edison

Bluetooth SIG released an advanced toolkit, the Bluetooth Secure Gateway, last September. With this toolkit, you can learn how to connect your Bluetooth devices to the Internet of Things. The hands-on labs in this kit will help you familiarize yourself with how to set up the popular ARM-based Raspberry Pi2/Pi3 to act as a secure gateway for your Bluetooth low energy devices. I became curious to see if there any other popular dev boards which could run the Bluetooth Secure Gateway aside from one... Continue Reading

Bluetooth 5 is Here

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Rejoice developers, Bluetooth 5 has arrived! And with it, a lot of buzz is being generated about its capabilities. I’d like to dive into the meat of some of the more popular features a bit and then talk more about my personal favorite.  Increased Bandwidth One of the key features of Bluetooth 5 is the ability to get 2Msps (mega symbols per second, or megabits when talking in context of low energy for this blog) out of Bluetooth low energy. This is done in the same power envelope as low energy today... Continue Reading

Blue is Local: Supporting Kirkland Startup Weekend

Last weekend, Bluetooth participated in the Kirkland Startup Weekend, an annual event that encourages innovators to collaborate on new ideas. Each year, Kirkland Startup Weekend gives individuals the opportunity to pitch their startup ideas, form teams around top proposals, and then scramble to establish a business model, code, design, and support their concept with market validation. In just 54-hours, this wild event sparks grand ideas for the Internet of Things. Kicking off on Friday, the SIG’s... Continue Reading

Selecting a Bluetooth Microcontroller—a Developer’s Perspective

There are two major branches of Bluetooth application development. One is mobile platform development like smartphones and tablets running on iOS, Android or other mobile operating systems. The other is embedded application development. I often get questions from Bluetooth low energy developers who are curious, “how can I select a suitable Bluetooth LE embedded microcontroller for my prototype or product?” In this blog, I outline some tips for choosing the right one. Module/Chipset Most Bluetooth... Continue Reading

Bluetooth Developer Studio Adds Packet Capture

Bluetooth Developer Studio is about assisting developers who want to learn more about Bluetooth technology including general terminology, designing/modeling, prototyping/functional testing, generating stub code, physical testing and documenting. We announced availability of our first dot release, v1.1. It adds features to improve how you learn about Bluetooth: Protocol Viewer Online Help Tooltips Let’s countdown while digging a little deeper. Number 3—Tooltips Tooltips are now part of the major... Continue Reading

The Bluetooth Secure Gateway Connects You to the Cloud

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The world, she is a changin’ and technology is moving faster than any time I can remember. In my lifetime, we’ve seen personal computers give way to cell phones. We’ve seen the rise of the Internet as the integral fabric of our lives. And we’ve seen the rise of Justin Bieber. Wow, some things you just want to un-invent.What the Future HoldsWhen I take a look at the next five years or so of what I believe will be a theme in technology, one thing REALLY sticks out: connectedness. At Bluetooth, one... Continue Reading

The BBC Robot Wars micro:bit Coding Challenge

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Robot Wars is a BBC TV show featuring robots...and war.Robot Wars works like this. Contestants, usually teams of two or more, build awe-inspiring, battling robots. They bring them on the show and fight other contestants’ robots in a purpose-built arena—all the time keeping an eye open for the fearsome and deadly house robots. You win a bout by immobilsing (e.g. by completely destroying) all the other robots or, if no clear winner emerges when time runs out, by judges’ decision. The judges assess... Continue Reading

Pioneering Commercial Smart Lighting at Discover Blue

Advanced lighting control strategies in commercial buildings is still a burgeoning development. As important as lighting controls are for energy savings, most facilities have not been integrated with a control system.Silvair's Lighting SolutionSilvair, a Discover Blue: London attendee, is looking to change that. The company believes that technological innovation plays a major role in transforming energy use in commercial spaces. Silvair created an end-to-end smart platform based on Bluetooth technology. Continue Reading