Our Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) TinyShield allows you to connect your TinyDuino system to any compatible iOS or Android (4.3+) device using Bluetooth Low Energy (also known as Bluetooth Smart and Bluetooth 4.0). This technology is great for low power sensors and accessories and works with most modern phones without the need for jailbreaking on iOS devices. This TinyShield is based around the popular Nordic nRF8001 chipset and allows wireless communication up to 10 meters away. The TinyShield also Includes power supply and level shifters on the board, so you can run your TinyDuino from 3.0V – 5V.
The Nordic rRF8001 chipset only support slave mode which allows it to connect to master Bluetooth LE devices (like a smartphone), however it cannot connect to another Bluetooth LE slave device (ie, two of these boards cannot communicate directly with each other). If you need master mode as well, take a look at the Bluetooth Low Energy TinyShield Bluegiga version.
Note: This product is for ADVANCED USERS, and requires that the user develops their own iOS or Android BLE app in order to use this.
To learn more about the TinyDuino Platform, click here
To see what other TinyShields this will work with or conflict with, check out the TinyShield Compatibility Matrix
Nordic BLE nRF8001 Specs
TinyDuino Power Requirements
SPI Interface used