>> LIGHTBLUE BEAN - ZERO WIRES, INFINITE USES
An arduino embedded micro controller with BLE that you can program wirelessly.
I came across the LightBlue Bean
after experimenting with the Blend Micro and
embedded micro controllers as an extension to the
arduino RC buggy hack
- all of which
are arduino compatible and have integrated low energy Bluetooth chip sets.
What is unique with the LightBlue Bean is the ability to upload custom
firmware over BLE - no more USB cables!
The device is based on the
Texas Instruments CC2540
chip and offers an arduino AVR core and an inbuilt 3-axis accelerometer, an
RGB LED, 4 PWM pins, 2 analog inputs, 8 GPIO while running off a single
3V battery and the creators report up to a year of power.
The team offers a firmware loader that unfortunately for most (not myself)
only is available on the Mac OSX operation system with version 10.9 or
greater - this is mainly due to the integration of low energy Bluetooth.
A Windows 8.1 version is in development and it doesn't look like there is
any love for Linux users for the immediate future.
I just ordered the 4x LightBlue Bean and maker kit for a total of $124 USD