Bluetooth Smart dongle is OS-independent & Raspberry Pi compatible

October 08, 2014 // By Graham Prophet
Now in distribution, the Bluegiga BLED112 comes fully loaded to kick-start Bluetooth Smart development, and further extends RS Components' portfolio of Raspberry Pi wireless solutions

RS Components is stocking the Bluegiga BLED112 Bluetooth Smart USB dongle, which comes with everything needed for developing low-cost, low-energy wireless applications to run on a wide variety of platforms including Raspberry Pi.

The BLED112 is Bluetooth v4.0 single-mode compliant, supports master and slave modes, and allows up to eight connections, and implements a USBCDC interface for host OS communications. The BLED112 includes Bluegiga's Bluetooth Smart software stack which allows developers to create their own onboard applications using Bluegiga's BGScript scripting language, eliminating the need for an external host. Alternatively, a host application can interface with the BLED112 via the OS-independent BGAPI software also incorporated in Bluegigas Bluetooth Smart software stack.

The dongle is suitable for applications such as energy-conscious Internet of Things (IoT) devices, and can be used with various operating systems such as Windows, Android, iOS or Linux.

BLED112 can be used with Raspberry Pi computers and is ready to use with the latest Raspberry Pi Model B+. RS has introduced several wireless modules for Raspberry Pi, including the SparqEE 3G Cellular board, Edimax Wi-Fi Dongle and Low-Power Radio Solutions 868 MHz / 434 MHz dongle.

“We now have a Raspberry Pi ready solution for all the major wireless technologies used in IoT, remote control, automation, M2M and home/office networking applications,” said Glenn Jarrett, Global Head of Product Marketing at RS Components.

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