Bluetooth SIG pushes Bluetooth Smart with free downloadable starter kit

May 21, 2014 // By EDN
With a view to assisting product developers in launching projects for what it terms the “Internet of Everything” Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has available its Bluetooth Smart Starter Kit, a comprehensive training package with hands-on labs, sample source code and videos targeted at developers, to use with a separately sourced Arduino board.

The kit aids in adding wireless connectivity to your device and its accompanying application. There are more than three billion smartphones on the market right now, all with different operating systems, architecture and specs. But one thing they almost all have in common is Bluetooth,” said Suke Jawanda, Bluetooth SIG CMO. “If you want your product to connect to these devices, not to mention future ones, you need to build with Bluetooth Smart. Our Smart Starter Kit takes the guesswork out of adding connectivity to a device, cuts time to market for developers and brings wireless convenience to consumers faster than ever before.”

The Bluetooth Smart Starter Kit uses hands-on labs to walk developers through building a Bluetooth Smart device and creating a Bluetooth Smart Ready mobile application. The free kit is designed to work with an Arduino board (not included) and includes sample code to get developers up and running. The Smart Starter Kit works regardless of what platform you are building for - Android, iOS, or Windows Phone.

“Bluetooth Smart semiconductor shipments increased by a factor of five in Europe in 2013, to 14.9 million units,” said Lee Ratliff, Principal Analyst, Connectivity and IoT at IHS. “Looking forward, IHS forecasts a 62% compound annual growth rate in European shipments from 2013 to 2018. This degree of growth has product developers across the continent eager to get up to speed on the technology.”

The Bluetooth Smart Starter Kit is the newest component of the Bluetooth Developer Program on-demand offering, which also includes the Application Accelerator and Developer Portal. The program also hosts the Bluetooth Innovation Series – an in-person, one-day training moderated by Bluetooth experts to get you building with Bluetooth Smart. Registration for an upcoming event in London, UK (June 19) is open now.