Using the BlueSMiRF
Resources and Going Further
Hopefully this tutorial has prepared you for an exciting foray into the world of wireless communication. Now that you have a good idea of how to command these Bluetooth modems, and connect them to other devices, the rest is up to you. How are you going to make use of your pleasant lack of wire? Go hit the airwaves!
- RN-42 and RN-41 Command Reference and User’s Guide
- RN-42 Datasheet – For “Silver” versions.
- RN-41 Datasheet – For “Gold” versions.
- Bluetooth Mate Schematic
- BlueSMiRF Schematic
If you’re interested in checking out other Bluetooth-related tutorials, check these links out:
- RN-52 Hookup Guide – The RN-52 is a Bluetooth v3.0 module, which (on top of SPP) supports the Bluetooth audio profile A2DP. Using this module you could make a wireless boom box, or a Bluetooth-enabled MP3 player!
- MetaWatch Teardown and Hookup – The MetaWatch is a smartwatch with an embedded Bluetooth module. In this tutorial we use a Bluetooth Mate to communicate between the watch and an Arduino.
Here are some other tutorials which features wireless communication:
- IR Communication - If you’re only really looking to transmit wireless data short distances, infrared may be a good (cheap!) option.
- ATmega128RFA1 Dev Board Hookup Guide – The ATmega128RFA1 sports an RF module which operates on the same frequency as Bluetooth (2.4 GHz). If you want to dig down into the nitty, gritty area of RF communication, check out this board.
- Electric Imp Hookup Guide – The Electric Imp makes connecting to WiFi incredibly easy. Follow along with this tutorial, and you’ll have an embedded module able to interact with web pages!
- hackster.io: Windows Remote Arduino - In this project, we will use Windows Remote Arduino to turn an LED on and off. It is a simple example, but will reveal the power that the library can give you to create many more advanced projects. Let’s get started!