App note: Noise suppression for wireless headphones

Wireless headphone interference investigation from muRata. Link here Recently, the popularity of wireless headsets has been growing as the number of situations where people “play sports while listening to music” increases. Bluetooth is frequently used for communication between smartphones and headsets. However, audio can skip due to communication errors, so countermeasures are required. This is […]

Developing smart sensor solutions

Ken Boak has published a new build, the MSP430i2041 bluetooth smart sensor board: One of our existing products at work, which I designed about 2 years ago, makes use of the STM32F373 microcontroller interfaced to an AD7767 24-bit sigma-delta ADC, to create a smart sensor. Whilst at the time of development, (Feb 2014) – this seemed to […]

An Android reflow controller that anyone can build

Andy Brown published a new build, an Android reflow controller:  The only surface mount device on this PCB is the MAX31855 and it has a low number of generously spaced pins. I eschewed my hot air gun, previous reflow oven and hot plate in favour of a plain old iron and the tack-soldering method because […]

App note: Simple wireless bluetooth stereo audio system for outdoor use

Old app note from Maxim Integrated on DIY portable bluetooth audio system. Link (PDF!) here When people want portable music, they usually rely on battery-powered audio devices. With a bit of engineering blood (or curiosity) running in your veins, it is not difficult to build a wireless Bluetooth® stereo audio system that can be controlled […]

TruPlay- Hacking into an OVC3860 based bluetooth A2DP adapter using the MSP430

TruPlay –  controlling bluetooth A2DP devices using MSP430and OVC3860  from Rohit Gupta: I wanted it to 3D Print a new case but couldn’t so, made a PCB that would sit on the Top of the adapter and command it. I was lucky to have a 3.3V Regulator inside the adapter so, an extra regulator was […]

Blueprintf – a bluetooth serial monitor

Bob Alexander of Galactic Studios made this bluetooth serial monitor for embedded microcontroller projects, the Blueprintf: One way of debugging microcontroller-based projects is to send messages out the UART serial port. Then, a UART-to-USB interface can feed the messages into your PC for display. But I wanted a small, portable device for viewing serial data without […]

App note: Bluetooth smart communication using Microchip RN4020 module and 16-bit PIC microcontroller

An app note from Microchip, Bluetooth smart communication using Microchip RN4020 module and 16-bit PIC microcontroller (PDF!): This application note provides the following: • Framework for any of the user application platform using RN4020 module and PIC24FJ series of microcontrollers. • Specifically an interface of RN4020 module with PIC24FJ128GA010 microcontroller. • Start up or reference code […]

Adding bluetooth to an EEG headset for mind-controlled projects

An instructables on adding bluetooth to an EEG headset for mind-controlled projects by AndreLe: I had serial bluetooth module HC-06 lying around and decided to see if I could integrate the two and skip the Arduino altogether. Turns out, it works almost as good as the commercially available NeuroSky MyndWave for a quarter of the […]

BlueMatrix – Bluetooth controlled LED matrix

Luca Dentella has published his latest project: BlueMatrix. It’s a portable LED matrix display based on Arduino Uno, powered by a Lipo battery and connected via Bluetooth to a personal computer or an Android smartphone. I’ve also developed the controlling app for Android, available on Google’s PlayStore. All the schematics, source files, inkscape files for […]

Tutorial: Android and Bluetooth

Luca Dentella has published the last part of his tutorial explaining how to develop Android applications that “talk” with embedded devices using Bluetooth. The tutorial covers basic tasks like enabling/disabling the phone’s Bluetooth adapter to advanced ones like using separate threads for blocking I/O operations. Further information and earlier tutorial segements can be found on […]

DIY Arduino bluetooth programming shield

Here’s a how-to on making a DIY Arduino Bluetooth programming shield by Joshua Newell: If you’ve ever wished you could program your Arduino without lugging a USB cable around, wanted to put an Arduino project somewhere out-of-reach but still be able to easily upload changes to it, thought about building a project that interfaces with an […]

BLE fun with Ubertooth: sniffing Bluetooth Smart and cracking its crypto

Mike Ryan writes about his latest efforts in BLE hacking. Hot on the heels of Omri Iluz’s BLE-sniffer-on-the-cheap, I decided to write up the BLE sniffer I built on Ubertooth. My sniffer highly robust, can capture data from connections, and is 100% open source. I also discovered a vulnerability in BLE’s crypto that allows me […]

Mobile phone/Arduino Bluetooth interface

Kerimil has created another app for interfacing mobile phones and microcontrollers through Bluetooth. This time it’s a simple phone controlled RGB LED. The Arduino sketch/code can be found in his Arduino Forum post. The Android .apk file can be downloaded from Google docs, as well as a zip file containing the Android source. Via the […]

CxemCAR 2 – Android controlled RC car with video, Bluetooth, WiFi

Johnik has developed the CxemCAR2 project for controlling an RC car using WiFi and Bluetooth. “On the Internet there are many articles on the use of RC cars with IP or Web-based camera. But most of them used a laptop or an internal router with Open-WRT or DD-WRT firmware. Viewing of the video and control […]