This is the RFduino Dev Kit, a great duo of products in one box to help you get you started with and teach you the basics of RFduino. Inside this kit you will find two RFduino boards, the DIP mainboard and the USB shield. When attached, these two boards will be able to connect to the USB port on your computer and get your code through the Arduino IDE onto the RFduino DIP board.
The RFduino is a Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy BLE RF Module with Built-In ARM Cortex-M0 and RFD22301 SMT module for rapid development and prototyping projects. The RFduino operates at 3V and 18mA (4uA ULP), transmits of a 2.4 GHz band, and offers 128kb of flash memory with 8kb of ram. Via a Bluetooth connection with your iOS device you even run a series of free apps to control various shields through the RFduino DIP board. Meanwhile, on-board the RFduino USB Shield is a 3.3V regulator which can be used to supply power to the RFduino DIP module as well as other shields and possibly the rest of your circuit.
With this kit you won’t need to worry about buying the USB shield separately from the RFduino DIP, it’s all in one box and ready to be used right away!
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: Rookie - You will need a better fundamental understand of what code is, and how it works. You will be using beginner-level software and development tools like Arduino. You will be dealing directly with code, but numerous examples and libraries are available. Sensors or shields will communicate with serial or TTL.
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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: Rookie - You may be required to know a bit more about the component, such as orientation, or how to hook it up, in addition to power requirements. You will need to understand polarized components.
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I don’t want to install wine just to program the RFduino.
This is unexpected from the general *duino stuff which I have always found to ‘just work’.
Not a happy camper at the moment.
If all you want to do is see if you can write a sketch for the RFduino then this Dev Kit will do it. However, if you want to see the RFduino do its thing then you need to add the RFduino - RGB/Button Shield. This additional shield will easily prove that the RFduino can indeed communicate using Bluetooth. If you want to save the cost of the Shield and you have the parts, you can build a breadboard equivalent of the Shield. Me, I’d rather save the time and trouble and buy the Shield with the Dev Kit. Of course I didn’t know this at the time I bought the Dev Kit.
With a board so small with arduino and blue tooth… …makes a great digital hot cold game! Hide a coupte rfduinos and put a password on the seek side. Add a few other clues and you have a scavenger hunt!
Note to teensy users: with the latest beta version you can do both!
Unable to act as a host and control other Bluetooth devices and no security to speak of. So you can just connect directly to this peripheral device, and so can anybody else. Fun if you want to make a BLE controlled robot, control lights etc…
Have three of the DIPs to run my Christmas lights strings and they have survived hanging under the eves of the house for a few weeks now here in the Denver area. What does not get well advertised beyond the BLE capabilities is the newer support for GZLL (Gazell network) which lets the DIPs chat with each other directly. You can get some reasonable distances with the radios getting close to 100 feet outdoors and 40 feet through the walls of the house. For more on the Christmas light use look up ToddFun.com .
RFduino is not of the quality expected, lack of documentation does a mediocre product. I do not recommend purchase.