LONDON – Wireless startup Open Source RF (Hermosa Beach, Calif.) has released the RFduino board based on the nRF51822 Bluetooth system-chip from Nordic Semiconductor ASA (Oslo, Norway).
The board is said to enable students, amateurs and professional engineers develop applications that can be controlled from a Bluetooth v4.0 compatible smartphone or tablet computer at low cost.
The development of the Arduino-compatible board has been funded under the Kickstarter program since the formation of Open Source RF in 2012. Arduino is an open-source electronic prototyping platform based on standardized microcontroller boards.
The announcement of RFarduino comes alongside a number of similar developments including the launch of the Myriad-RF organization by Lime Microsystems Ltd. (Guildford, England) and the BladeRF board by Nuand (Santa Clara, Calif.) (see RFboard takes Arduino-like approach).
Arduino already has ZigBee-compatible boards but Nordic claims RFduino is the first Arduino-compatble board that can communicate wirelessly with Bluetooth v4.0 compatible smartphones and tablet computers. The board includes a Bluetooth module, the RFD51822, made by RF Digital Corp. (Hemosa Beach, Calif.) that includes the Nordic silicon.
The board can make use of the 32-bit Cortex-M0 core that is present within the nRF51822, a chip which operates at 2.4-GHz and has been passed as FCC- and CE-complaint. Developers can use the nRF51 software development kit from Nordic to develop prototype applications.
RFduino is a Bluetooth 4.0 compatible board that allows smartphone or tablet control of applications.
Well, this opens up a lot of possible projects/applications for Arduino - smartphone/tablet interactions. I would like to try the combination to see how well the development kit works with various devices.
Join our online Radio Show on Friday 11th July starting at 2:00pm Eastern, when EETimes editor of all things fun and interesting, Max Maxfield, and embedded systems expert, Jack Ganssle, will debate as to just what is, and is not, and embedded system.