The Ubertooth One is an open source 2.4 GHz device suitable for Bluetooth experimentation. Based on the powerful LPC175x ARM Cortex-M3 microcontroller with full-speed USB 2.0, the Ubertooth One is a great way to develop custom Class 1 comparable Bluetooth devices. The entire board is onlytwo and a half inches long with a USB-A connector at one end and an RP-SMA connector at the other.
One thing that sets the Ubertooth apart from other Bluetooth development platforms and Software Defined Radios (SDR) is that it's capable of not only sending and receiving 2.4 GHz signals, but can also operate in monitor mode, monitoring Bluetooth traffic in real-time. This operating mode has been present in low-cost WiFi modules for years and has found myriad uses in research, development and security auditing but no such solution existed for the Bluetooth standard until now. Also, because it's a fully open-source platform (software and hardware), the schematics and code are readily available for all of your hacking needs.
Note: In order to open the schematic and board design files found in the source package, you will need to download KiCad, an open source electronic design automation software package.
If a board needs code or communicates somehow, you're going to need to know how to program or interface with it. The programming skill is all about communication and code.
Skill Level: Competent - The toolchain for programming is a bit more complex and will examples may not be explicitly provided for you. You will be required to have a fundamental knowledge of programming and be required to provide your own code. You may need to modify existing libraries or code to work with your specific hardware. Sensor and hardware interfaces will be SPI or I2C.
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If it requires power, you need to know how much, what all the pins do, and how to hook it up. You may need to reference datasheets, schematics, and know the ins and outs of electronics.
Skill Level: Noob - You don't need to reference a datasheet, but you will need to know basic power requirements.
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The ubertooth worked as expected in linux. Originally had a problem with it not connecting properly to an ubuntu VM, but works fine on physical hardware. The preloaded firmware is 2 years out of date so please remember to update the firmware when you get it.