Introduction

Author Gravatar Image KEVIN TOWNSEND

Our nRF8001 Breakout allows you to establish an easy to use wireless link between your Arduino and any compatible iOS or Android (4.3+) device. It works by simulating a UART device beneath the surface, sending ASCII data back and forth between the devices, letting you decide what data to send and what to do with it on either end of the connection.

Unlike classic Bluetooth, BLE has no big contracts to sign and no major hoops that you have to jump through to create iOS peripherals that you can legally design and distribute in the App Store, which makes it a great choice compared to classic Bluetooth which had (and still has) a lot of restrictions around it on the iOS platform.

And now that Android also officially supports Bluetooth Low Energy (as of Android 4.3), it's also -- finally! -- a universal communication channel covering the main mobile operating systems people are using today.

We can get you started super fast with this BLE module which can act like an 'every day' UART data link. Send and receive data up to 10 meters away, from your Arduino to an iOS device. We've even made it easy to get started with our very own BLE connect app that has a "serial console" for sending/receiving data and also an 'arduino pin i/o control station" to let you set pins on your Arduino to inputs or outputs, high or low logic or even PWM output, as well as read button presses and analog inputs. You can start prototyping your accessory and then use our open source Objective C code to base your new app on!

The nRF8001 library is not compatible with the Arduino Due at this time


Please note: At this time, we don't have an Android version of the Adafruit Bluefruit LE App available (our native BLE application), but you can use Nordic's Android nRF UART application with the nRF8001 Breakout on BLE capable Android devices (Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, etc.)

This guide will help you setup your nRF8001 Bluetooth Low Energy breakout, and start using some of the sample sketches we provide with it to connect to an iOS or Android device. If you're new to Bluetooth Low Energy, be sure to check out our Introduction to Bluetooth Low Energy learning guide as well!

At this time, we don't have an Android version of the Adafruit Bluefruit LE App available (our native BLE application), but you can use Nordic's Android nRF UART application on BLE capable Android devices (Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, etc.), or have a look at this Android project by Tony Dicola: https://github.com/tdicola/BTLETest

Requirements

  • Adafruit nRF8001 Breakout
  • A BLE enabled Android or iOS device to test with for nRF UART demos
  • An iOS device running iOS 7 with Bluefruit installed for the BlueFruit LE Firmata demos
Last updated on 2015-03-01 at 07.15.06 PM Published on 2014-03-20 at 07.59.29 PM