Design win; Bluetooth Smart controllers add connectivity to home appliances

December 07, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
OORT employs Nordic Semiconductor's nRF51822 SoC to allow users to control and operate any appliance from a smartphone app or web browser even when outside the home.

Ultra low power (ULP) RF IC maker Nordic Semiconductor (Oslo) has announces that OORT (Wroclaw, Poland) is using its nRF51822 Bluetooth Smart System-on-Chip (SoC) for its OORT Bluetooth Smart controllers.

OORT's Bluetooth Smart controllers enable home appliance manufacturers to turn any electronic or electromechanical device into a wirelessly connected one, thereby allowing consumers to directly control their smart devices via the OORT app on their iOS or Android Bluetooth Smart Ready smartphone or tablet. With the addition of a Bluetooth Smart Ready and Wi-Fi compatible OORT SmartHub, devices can also be operated when away from the home from a mobile device or through OORT's Cloud platform on a standard web browser.

The Nordic-equipped OORT Bluetooth Smart controllers can be embedded into any existing device - for example, washing machines, ovens, refrigerators, kettles, and coffee machines - without any changes to the original hardware, allowing manufacturers to turn the device from a prototype into a wirelessly connected one within six to nine months.

From the iOS or Android app on the smartphone or tablet, users can locate any OORT connected device in range of their smartphone or tablet, name it, and add it to a group within the app, for example based on the room in which the device is located. The user can then control all of their wirelessly connected devices, setting rules, and creating scenarios around the operation of each device, for example turning on kitchen appliances in sequence as they are required.

With the addition of the OORT SmartHub, the user can connect to their home remotely via the Internet and control all of their devices from their smartphone, tablet, or via a web browser accessing a dedicated cloud platform. The SmartHub communicates with all the user's connected devices via Bluetooth Smart and then uses Wi-Fi to 'push' data to the Cloud. From the OORT SmartHome Cloud platform automatic actions can be configured between connected devices, while the