Member Since: July 14, 2012

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  • This is a break-out board for the bluetooth module RN-52, and it does that well. It was so easy to set up and pair to my phone it felt like cheating. If you started adding an mp3 decoder and a card reader, suddenly it wouldn’t be good for other projects.

    Luckily, there are a options for the audio source. I’ve had good luck with the Adafruit VS1053 breakout which I think is not comparible to anything SFE has because it has the card reader built in. The closest items SFE has are the MP3 and MIDI Breakout (no card reader) and the Lilypad MP3 (has a card reader but also adds a micro-controller) so in that respect there’s a gap in the product line. Hook the 1053-outs to the RN53-ins, program the RN53’s firmware to master and have it connect on power-up, and you should be golden.

  • Somebody has to ask…. When will you have these that go to 11?

  • I’m consider myself a maker yet I’m all for stronger restrictions.

    I live in Hawaii and am all too familiar with the pervasive noise and invasion of privacy the tour helicopter cowboys inflict on us every day. I also had the same thing when I lived in Seattle (where the peeping drone was discovered and another crashed into the Space Needle) with “newchoppers”, the Coast Guard and air ambulances all day and night. Anyone who lives in LA probably has stories as well. There is already too much in the sky. Add to that drones and now you’ve really got a mess.

  • Mine just arrived today. Nice job with the dedicated tutorial page! It might be cool to screen the text in just one direction.

  • (Probably) Final Update: CanaKit’s stock estimates were based on what they thought they could source from SFE.

    • There are no connectors for this module.
    • There is no breakout board for this module.
    • There is no devboard for this module.
    • It’s too bumpy, small and expensive to use as a drink coaster
  • If you’re debating whether or not to branch out from Arduino into a different board, you owe it to yourself to give Teensy a try. It’s an easy transition with a lot of programming space, speed, and inputs/outputs in a, well, teensy package. I’ve had to make nearly no changes to existing Arduino libraries to make this work with my existing code.

  • Update: Tech Support (thanks Michelle) pointed me to Canakit, which has a finite number of both the breakout and dev boards in stock. Get ‘em while you can.

  • BEFORE YOU BUY Contrary to the description, SFE carries neither the mating connector nor the eval board. They’ve retired the dev board, the breakout board, and don’t carry the connector.

    I’m at my wit’s end with this.

  • Agreed, Doc! These comments bury good information one needs to use/hack the product. I’m all for freedom of speech but whining about the cost so much is a lot like filibustering. If you can make one better… fine, do so, maybe I’ll buy from “you” but I’m really tired of the Price Police.

  • Images are JPEG. There is no (documented) external access to the SD card. In fact, the only digital communication at all with the camera is via PIN3, which is simply the power/shutter button. You may be able to hack the board to access the card directly, but that would entail a lot of tracing and trial and error since the schematic is not available – this is not an OSHW device. (I wish it was, it might get more community support.) However, I found them very responsive to questions.

No public wish lists :(