Arduino compatible LightBlue Bean adds Node-RED support


PunchThrough has released support for Node-RED to connect their LightBlue Bean modules to the Internet. According to the developer, the move allows for easy creation of fully interactive Internet accessible devices that can serve consumers, educators, students, artists, marketers and businesses looking to leverage mobile and the web.

Node-RED is a free tool for wiring together hardware devices, APIs and online services in new and interesting ways. Running on Mac and Linux computers – including the low-cost Raspberry Pi – Node-RED allows users to easily create flows by dragging and dropping “nodes” to build actions and reactions.

The LightBlue Bean is an Arduino-compatible board with Bluetooth Low Energy that was crowdfunded in 2014. Since then, tens of thousands of the coin-cell powered boards have been sold to a growing community seeking to create prototypes of connected devices as well as building unique and fun projects accessed via BLE by smartphones or laptops.

“Adding Node-RED support to the LightBlue Bean opens up Internet-connected device development to new audiences that want to build projects they can control with their smartphone, tablet or computer, but are unfamiliar with traditional coding,” said Colin Karpfinger, founder and CEO, Punch Through Design. “Beyond DIYers, hobbyists and students, this new compatibility provides designers, developers and prototypers with an inexpensive way to build sophisticated IoT devices quickly, and we’re excited to see what will be created by the community over the coming months.”

PunchThrough reports the LightBlue Module used in the Bean is fully RF certified, while the software (LightBlue SDKs) standardizes BLE development on iOS, Android, Mac OS X and Windows.

The LightBlue Bean is available from online retailers and directly from Punch Through Design for about $30 USD. For for more information, downloads or to purchase hardware visit PunchThrough.

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