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Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) Shields for Arduino 2.0
Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) Shields for Arduino 2.0


 
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The Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) Shields for Arduino 2.0 is designed to let you interface your Arduino with compatible iOS or Android devices without wires or jail-breaking. It works with all Arduino boards, including Arduino Uno, Mega 2560, Leonardo, and Due.

Possible uses include:

  • Controlling Arduino pins with the free mobile app (or you can write your own.)
  • Sending data from your Arduino to an app for processing / display
  • Use your iDevice as an internet gateway for your Arduino
  • and much more!

This is the second version of the BLE Shield, and it's better than ever (also, now red!). You now have the option to use an SMA connector to attach your own antenna to your project, for greater range (soldering required). The ICSP header provides power to additional shields, if you want to continue stacking on top of the BLE Shield, and the onboard reset button now resets the Arduino board, and vice versa. Resetting the shield can also be done in software through Arduino Pins 4 or 7. The shield has an approved app for free in the Apple App Store so you can start experimenting right out of the box. iOS developers can write their own apps using the iOS SDK.

Requires:

  • iOS 6 or 7: iPhone 5 (all models), iPhone 4S, iPad Air, iPad (3rd gen or later), iPad mini (all models) and iPod touch (5th gen or later)
  • Android 4.3 devices with BLE hardware: Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Samsung Note 3.

Features
  • Works with BLE equipped iOS devices - iPhone 5 (all models), iPhone 4S, iPad Air, iPad (3rd gen or later), iPad mini (all models) and iPod touch (5th gen or later)
  • Works with BLE equipped Android devices (Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Samsung Note 3)
  • Supports Arduino Uno, Leonardo, Mega, and Due
  • No jailbreaking required!
  • Approved sample App available in the App Store
  • Based on the Nordic nRF8001 BTLE module.

Average Customer Review: 4.5 of 5 | Total Reviews: 5 Write a review.

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  2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
 
Are you ready to go beyond lighting an LED? January 16, 2014
Reviewer: Mike Westerfield from Albuquerque, NM United States  
I used this shield in my book, Building iPhone and iPad Electronic Projects. It's the centerpiece of a really fun project to hack a cheap radio controlled car so it can be controlled by tipping an iPhone to control speed and direction. The RedBear Shield combined with an Arduino and some H-Bridges let me create controls that were fully proportional.

The BLE Shield a great project if you want to go a bit beyond just lighting some LEDs. And, of course, the basic circuit is the same for anything that uses DC motors to power and steer a vehicle. You could easily use the same circuit and software to control a small robot.

See this link if you'd like to know more about the book that does more with the BLE Shield than just light an LED!

http://shop.oreilly.com/product/0636920029281.do

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where is the schematic? November 6, 2013
Reviewer: Britton Kerin from Fairbanks, AK United States  
Are ther schematics for this board somewhere that I'm just not seeing?

Thx

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  1 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
 
New SDK for Bluetooth low energy for Arduino May 28, 2013
Reviewer: David from Norway  
A new Bluetooth low energy SDK for Arduino is available for this shield.

See the Bluetooth SIG developer forums to download the SDK.
http://developer.bluetooth.org/Forum/Pages/Forum.aspx?action=ViewPosts&fid=6&tid=63

You can use the nRF UART iOS app with the ble_uart_project_template in the SDK to quickly get started.

There is also a webinar available to help you get stated on the SDK and the Bluetooth low energy shield

https://bluetoothevents.webex.com/bluetoothevents/lsr.php?AT=pb&SP=EC&rID=6462272&rKey=a1f04d7eef3ffde7


The SDK works with the following iOS apps:
nRF Utility / nRF Ready
(Heart Rate, Temperature)
nRF UART
nRF Proximity

The SDK works with the following S3 and S4 apps:
nRF Utility / nRF Ready

The SDK has been tested with the shield and the Arduino UNO, Leonardo, Mega 2560.
For more details look at the Bluetooth SIG developer forum or in the Redbear lab support forum.


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Ble Shield February 16, 2013
Reviewer: Tyler from Pearland, TX United States  
This thing rocks! Range is better than advertised and you can make an LED blink with you IPhone in about 30 minutes if you are familiar with the Arduino software. I'm thinking about buying a second one.

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Works like in the Video, Exciting Possiblities. December 5, 2012
Reviewer: Yury Gitman from Brooklyn, NY United States  
I unboxed my BTLE Shield and followed the setup instructions.  After that this little device worked well.  The basic demo features are exciting. The first time they ran I jumped out of my chair and showed everyone in the studio.  Ooohh's and Aaahh's followed.  

I played with every feature I could find.  They performed beautifully.   I actually went back and played the BTLE video. It showed parts of the iPhone app I missed.   Everything in the video worked smoothly in real life.  [ The PWM example had latency.  PWM data was sent slower then I'd expect. ]

I have yet to dive into the BTLE shield software.   The software options/features for iPhone itself still seem limited.  For example, there is no way yet to send Analog Input data to the web or Cosmo.  Red Bear published more iPhone code examples on their site I believe.  That still needs exploring..  

In short, cool device.  I would recommend it to people.  They look well made.  Will be getting more for a future project.

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