BLE Mini Bluetooth 4.0 Interface - iOS or Android

BLE Mini Bluetooth 4.0 Interface - iOS or Android
BLE Mini Bluetooth 4.0 Interface - iOS or Android

BLE Mini Bluetooth 4.0 Interface - iOS or Android

Want to integrate Bluetooth Low Energy to make your microcontroller iOS compatible? This tiny BLE shield will do the trick!


The BLE Mini Bluetooth 4.0 Interface is perfect if you want to integrate Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy to make your microcontroller iOS or Android compatible. The BLE Mini from RedBearLab is about half the size of a stick of gum and is based on the TI-CC2540 SOC. It's similar to the BLE Shield but uses a serial port for communication, so it supports all major development platforms that have UART (universal asynchronous receiver/transmitter) interface, including Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Netduino, and BeagleBone.

Additionally, Ti's CC2540 can be used as a stand alone microcontroller. All of the I/O pins can be accessed, allowing for firmware upload via USB, making the BLE Mini an ideal development/prototyping board for your BLE project/accessory/Appcessory.

Key Features

  • Android 4.3 or above - Android devices with BLE hardware: Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Samsung Note 3
  • iOS 7 or 8 - iPhone 5/6 (all models), iPhone 4S, iPad Air, iPad (3rd gen or later), iPad mini (all models) and iPod touch (5th gen or later)
  • 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.

Product Documentation / User Guide

Different from BLE Shield
Unlike the BLE Shield, the BLE Mini does not require any additional library for Arduino. There is no modification required for your iOS App if it is based on our iOS Framework, however small changes on your sketch is needed. Please look at our sample codes in our SDK for more information.
  1. Download our Firmata_BLEMinisketch and upload it to your Arduino board.
  2. Connect pins from BLE Mini "J4" to Arduino board VIN -5VGND-GNDTX-Default RX (Pin 0)-RX Default TX (Pin 1)
  1. The Green LED at D1 should light up, otherwise please check the Troubleshooting section.
  2. Download our BLE Arduino App from Apple's iTunes Store.
  3. Turn on Bluetooth on your iOS device. (*Please note that BLE Shield or any Bluetooth Low Energy device will not show in the モDevicesヤ list as pairing to BLE device is not required)
  4. Start our BLE Arduino App and press "Connect".
More Information, code, SDK, pinouts, etc.

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