BLE Shield Beta Test in Zurich (All Shields out!)

Update 2012-07-16: There are no more shields available!

Hello Arduino users in Zurich,

as I already mentioned during my IoT Talk las week, I want to start a BLE Shield Beta Test in Zurich.

Why only Zurich? Well the Beta test will focus in hard- and firmware tests. If the firmware needs to be adjusted I can do this and reflash the Shields of the testers while meeting them for a beer somewhere in town. Well there will be some exceptions but I hope to give the majority of the shields to testers in Zurich.

They are not free giveaways. Testers have to pay 70 CHF for a shield and can pay using the donate button on this blog. Please send me an E-Mail if you are interested in participating in the beta test and let me know in what kind of project you would like to use the shield.

For the beta test, I will add a readonly characteristic to the BLE-Shield Service, where you can read the owners name. The firmware of the beta shields will be unique.

The additional Characteristic looks as follows:

<characteristic uuid="E8A6256C-1744-41FC-B1CF-63FC794EA2FB">
  <properties read="true" const="true"/>
  <value>Your Name</value>

Please write me an email to m dot kroll add mac dot com if you are interested in participating in the Beta. I hope to get good feedback in order to make the firmware as solid as possible.

Thank you very much,

6 Responses to BLE Shield Beta Test in Zurich (All Shields out!)

  1. Luis Guajardo July 6, 2012 at 14:40 #

    Hi, i’ve found your project on make magazine blog, and i’m interested on your shield, saddly i’m from Chile, do you think that i cuould get one from u to run some tests using BT4 ?

    Tell me your thoughs on this.


  2. gavin hogben July 11, 2012 at 23:03 #

    Hi Michael,
    Do you still have one of your shield prototypes available, please?

    I am very impressed in what you are doing. I am trying to decide whether to start a project based on the BlueGiga (TI chip) module or to work with one of the Nordic chips. Can you say a little more about how you made your choice, please? I am familiar with the excellent guide but I would be happy to know what convinced you to go the way you did.
    Best wishes,
    Gavin H
    PS I am in Providence, Rhode Island USA.

  3. Tyler July 13, 2012 at 06:54 #

    Hey Michael
    I have seen your BLE Shield on make magazine as well and I was wondering if there would be a way I might be able to get my hands on one? I am in California, but if there is a way I might able to, that would be awesome.


    • Michael Kroll July 16, 2012 at 20:36 #

      Hi Tyler,
      sorry, but the boards are out.
      I’ll now wait for some feedback and the start the production run.
      Please stay tuned.


  4. Klemen July 22, 2012 at 18:30 #

    Hi Michael,
    Can you tell me when you will start the produstion of this chip, and when you will start selling it worldwide. I’m asking just for approximate date (by the end of this summer or something like that).

    Regards, Klemen


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