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.