The LilyPad Simblee BLE Board is a wearable development board that allows you to add mobile application functionality via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE, or Bluetooth 4.0) to your e-textile projects. Unlike other BLE solutions, the Simblee requires no specialized app development skills to realize the phone-side interface: all the necessary coding is done in the Arduino IDE and then uploaded to a browser app on the phone. With this board you will be able to create plenty of interesting wearable IoT projects!
The Simblee RFD77101 module, equipped to this board, is intended to make embedded devices using Bluetooth Low Energy connections easier for everyone: hardware hackers, app developers, students, makers, engineers, and anyone else who wants to leverage their smartphone via BLE. For more information on using the Simblee to create your own applications for embedded project, visit our Simblee Concepts tutorial found in the Documents section below.
This board also comes complete with a LiPo battery connector to roam wherever you need and a FTDI header to connect our LilyPad FTDI Basic or the 5V FTDI Basic programming boards. Each board has also been equipped with a Charge/Power switch to control power to the board. 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.
Note: Please do not use the 3.3V FTDI Basic with this board, as it may not be able to source enough current from the 3.3V rail.
Note: A portion of this sale is given back to Dr. Leah Buechley for continued development and education of e-textiles.
The I2C pins on the board are 5 (SCL) and 6 (SDA).
Whether it's for assembling a kit, hacking an enclosure, or creating your own parts; the DIY skill is all about knowing how to use tools and the techniques associated with them.
Skill Level: Noob - Basic assembly is required. You may need to provide your own basic tools like a screwdriver, hammer or scissors. Power tools or custom parts are not required. Instructions will be included and easy to follow. Sewing may be required, but only with included patterns.
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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: 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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At the time of writing this, there are a couple of Simblee variants out there: Lilypad, Breakout, and RFduino.
Only the Lilypad variant gives you a self contained board with Simblee, battery charger, and LiPo battery connector, and some basic pins for interfacing. This is the perfect package for prototyping portable BLE sensors, buttons, and other gadgets.
With an FTDI Basic, I was able to get going within a matter of minutes and build a BLE magnetic door sensor that I could deploy on the wall and forget!
I am not that interested in wearables, but time and time again, Lilypad has made the perfect miniaturized prototyping platform.
Needed to write terminal commands chmod +x /path before error 13 permission denied/ to get the bluetooth working. See thread https://digistump.com/board/index.php?topic=1813.0 similar problem but with digistump instead of Simblee.