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Add BLE to PyBadge?
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Add BLE to PyBadge?

by twrackers on Wed Jun 03, 2020 4:18 pm

Just got my new PyBadge (not the LC one). I need to add BLE to it so I can use the PyBadge "tap" sensor to command a remote action. I'm not finding a Featherwing BLE module in Adafruit's shop. Am I missing something? Or if there's not a wing, which module would connect to the PyBadge's I2C port?

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Re: Add BLE to PyBadge?

by dastels on Wed Jun 03, 2020 9:33 pm

I don't think you'll find an I2C addon, but there are some BLE SPI or UART breakouts in the shop: https://www.adafruit.com/product/2633 and https://www.adafruit.com/product/2479 that might do the job.

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Re: Add BLE to PyBadge?

by twrackers on Mon Aug 10, 2020 2:23 pm

I found a way. The PyBadge has a Feather socket on the back, so I bought a Feather Proto board from Adafruit. On that I mounted a Sparkfun Bluetooth Mate Silver, a UART-only device. It's small enough to fit between the pins on the Feather Proto. Connected its DTR and CTS together, connected its TX, RX, 5V, and GND pins to the Proto board, plugged it in, and it works just fine.

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Re: Add BLE to PyBadge?

by twrackers on Mon Aug 10, 2020 2:25 pm

The Adafruit choices suggested were too wide to fit on the proto board.

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