Simblee is a small Arduino-programmable Bluetooth 4.0 (BLE) module allowing you to get started playing with IoT (Internet of Things). Unlike other IoT offerings, Simblee integrates the GUI description code with the Arduino firmware running on the module. Simply download the viewer app and you can connect to local Simblee modules, connecting via your own custom interface! We here at SparkFun are carrying a few different boards, some made by us, and some not. Below is a brief overview of the different board as well as some resources on getting started.
SparkFun Simblee BLE Breakout - This is a standard breakout board. You get access to all the Simblee pins (with the module end compatible with RFDuino/Simblee shields!) as well as an FTDI header (complete with voltage regulator to bring the USB voltage down to 3.3V), a reset button, an LED and a user accessible button. This is a great development board to stick in a breadboard and start playing with. It is also small enough to fit inside many projects. The voltage regulator is extremely low current, so your low power applications won’t suffer too much for it being included.
LilyPad Simblee BLE Board - If you like your PCBs round, thin and purple this is the Simblee board for you. Our LilyPad line is designed for wearable electronics including pads big enough to sew into a project with conductive thread. If you prefer to solder to your boards, the LilyPad board does leave that option open as well. This board also comes complete with an FTDI header, voltage regulator, reset button, JST connector for a single cell Lipo and Lipo charger.
RFduino - Simblee DIP - The guys at RFduino have also designed their own board. While this doesn’t breakout all the pins it does break out 7 GPIO pins in a tiny form factor to get you started. This board also has quite a few shields available to add servos, relays, buttons, batteries, and other features. You will want to get the USB programming shield to help you get started with this board, or just buy the Simblee Starter Kit which includes this board, the USB programming shield and the RGB LED/Button Shield.
RFduino - Simblee Starter Kit - This kit is based on the RFDuino DIP - Simblee version and includes this board as well as the USB Programming Shield and RGB LED/Button Shield. With this kit you can get started with programming your Simblee module as well as providing you with a few inputs and outputs.
Simblee BLE Module - Now that you’ve prototyped and developed your amazing project it is time to design and build your own PCBs. All you need is that little black module to stick on your board. Well we have you covered. This is just the bare module in all of it’s 45-pin LGA 0.5mm pitch glory. Make sure to check out the datasheet for design information before designing your board.