BLE Shield for Arduino Presentation

The BLE Shield for Arduino presentation slides of the yesterdays speech I held at the IoT/ZH Meetup are online now.

You can download the slides as single PDF file using this link: http://www.mkroll.mobi/BLE-Shield-4-Arduino-Presentation/BLE-Shield-4-Arduino.pdf

As I mentioned during the talk, I’m looking for beta testers in Zurich which will be given a BLE Shield just for the cost of the parts in order to create a solid firmware.

Why only Zurich? Well since it is easier to reflash the shield with a new firmware if we encounter issues during the beta test phase. We can meet somewhere in Zurich, I can come arround with a notebook and a CC Debugger and flash the new firmware to the shields.

I will post details on how to get into the beta program by the end of this week, since I need to calculate the price for the BLE Shield 0.9.2 hand soldered shields first.

Thanks for joining yesterdays talk,


10 Responses to BLE Shield for Arduino Presentation

  1. mrks June 27, 2012 at 09:04 #

    Hello Michael

    I like to see people who like what they do!

    I’m interested to receive a shield (yes, i live near Zurich) and work with an iphone but also with a samsung android phone. I will have to investigate some issues, but it should be possible with the used broadcom chip.

    thanks for your work and your talk


  2. vkzma June 27, 2012 at 12:03 #

    Hi Michael

    I’m interested to test the board too. My friend and I have a project in mind in wich we could use you board and test it simultaneously. I live in Zurich. I would be pleased if I can receive one of your boards.


    • Michael Kroll July 3, 2012 at 21:42 #

      Hi Vladimir,
      I think we have already contact via email, right?
      I will answer you tomorrow, since I’m cery interested in your project where you want to use the BLE Shield 🙂


  3. Evan June 28, 2012 at 15:36 #

    Hey Michael,

    While I’m not living in Zurich, I’m still very interested in obtaining one of these shields. As the largest mobile agency in the Netherlands we’re very interested in exploring new ways of interacting with/using mobile phones. We believe iOS 6 is gonna be a game-changer for Bluetooth LE in this field since the extended support it will bring.


    • Michael Kroll July 3, 2012 at 21:40 #

      so I think you can be one of the exceptions not living in Zurich.
      Do you have a CC Debugger and/or experience using it?
      The idea of the beta test is to provide firmware updates to the users asap as they encouter issues using it. This is cery easy if you can meet the testers, have a beer together, chat and fix the firmware 🙂

      If you are somewhere in the world, fixing and reflashing is not possilble.

      Are you still interested in getting one board?


    • Dela July 18, 2012 at 17:30 #

      While the idea of electronic brikcs are good, I would much rather that you find a way to make this work with Arduino Fio. This way we get the best of both worlds: easy construction and ability to use them in real world distributed data gathering project.I would, as a matter of fact, love to use this new brick + fio in smart home project

  4. Georg July 3, 2012 at 12:55 #

    Hello Michael,
    It’s so great to see what you are doing. I was hoping to get such a shield since a long long time! I have so many ideas in my head on what I could do if i could wirelessly connect my arduino with bluetooth to my iPhone 🙂
    Do you have any estimates on when we’ll be able to order some of these things? Or on the price range that it will be in?
    Are there shields you sell on your own? I have a friend in Zürich… would be really great to get my hands on this thing!
    Again! Thanks for all your work!

    • Michael Kroll July 3, 2012 at 21:34 #

      Hello Georg,
      thanks for the feedback. I finally have a quote for BLE Shield manufacturing in China, but before that I will do the beta run of 10 hand soldered shields in Zurich and some exceptions in pther places of the world 🙂

      The Beta Shields will be 70 CHF and the final ones around the US$ 50 mark.

      I’m still waiting for the missing parts to start soldering. I think that I can start soldering over the weekend. Feel free to write me some details on whe you are planning to use the BLE Shield, and I can put you on the list. There are still some of the 10 slots available 🙂


      • Georg July 4, 2012 at 16:18 #

        Hey Michael,
        great! I’d love to have one of those!
        Can you email me so that we can talk about the exact proceeding?


  5. Mike Westerfield July 16, 2012 at 23:16 #

    Hi Michael,

    I wrote techBASIC, a technical programming environment for iOS. It already supports HiJack, and we’re working to extend the external sensors it can support. Your BLE Shield looks tailor made for techBASIC support!

    I’m interested in getting one of your boards, and also in information about when and how it will be made widely available.

    If you’re curious about how we’ve supported HiJack, take a look at the bogs section of our web site, particularly at http://www.byteworks.us/Byte_Works/Blog/Entries/2011/12/7_HiJack_Hello_world!_Project.html. You might also want to glance at the reference manual for techBASIC, or check out the article in the June 2012 issue of Nuts & Volts. You can also find several movies that show the general capabilities of techBASIC on YouTube; search for Byte Works techBASIC. I think the fit between techBASIC and your board will be pretty obvious from these links.

    I look forward to hearing from you.

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