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Arduino Class - Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)

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Come join us at Education Center in Plano TX to learn how to use Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) with the Arduino. In this class we will be covering the following:

Bluetooth Low Energy Part 1: About BLE ( (12:05) In this 4-part presentation I discuss Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). It is a relatively new member of the Bluetooth standard, and has been responsible for the emergence of countless low-power mobile and wireless devices, like activity trackers, wireless headphones, lost item locators etc.

Bluetooth Low Energy Part 2: The Adafruit nRF8001 module ( (4:50) In this 2nd part, I discuss the Adafruit nRF8001 BLE module, and wire it to my Arduino.

Bluetooth Low Energy Part 3: UART demos ( (13:10) In this 3rd part, I demonstrate the Adafruit nRF8001 BLE module using the demo sketches that ship with the Adafruit library.

Bluetooth Low Energy Part 4: Firmata demo ( (7:45) In this 4th part, I discuss the Firmata protocol, a popular way to control an Arduino remotely via various kinds of data transport technologies. I demonstrate how you can use an nRF8001 module to read and write state of the Arduino's pin. Parts Needed:

Arduino UNO ( Adafruit nRF8001 BLE module ( Course work for this class comes from Arduino Step By Step ( which has over 20 hours of content in 110 lectures. These classes are designed for anyone interested in learning electronic design and C programming. No experience is required. Access to the course material is free at our meetups. If you wish to access the material outside the meetup see our coupons page to get a discount from our sponsor (

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