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SZ2
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Do I need an expansion board to use the Intel Edison's bluetooth?

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Greetings.

I am new to all this, and I want to try out different things with the BLE, for instance use the Intel Edison card with different beacons (for instance iBeacon and Eddystone). I have some questions regarding that:

* Do I need an expansion board like the Arduino and Arduino Uno to be able to use the card? Or can I power up the card without any other boards and be able to use the BLE?

* Is it even possible to connect to these beacons? There are for instance Android apps that can read the beacons, and I think it is possible to do this from the card as well?

* I live in Europe, is that any problem?

* What should I buy to make this work? Is it worth to get some other sensors?

* I will probably install Brillo on the card (and get an invite to the Brillo project), will that affect the BLE or anything?

Is there anything else I should consider?

Thanks!

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idata
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Hello zettez,

 

 

1. No, you do not need any expansion boards to use Edison's Bluetooth capabilities, in fact, Edison can used Bluetooth if you use only the module itself. In order to learn mora about Edison's capabilities, I'd suggest you to read the Bluetooth Guide ( http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/boards-and-kits/000005743.html).

 

Also, you should read this guide: https://software.intel.com/en-us/articles/using-the-generic-attribute-profile-gatt-in-bluetooth-low-... to learn how to install a BlueZ version that includes gatttool, which will let you interact with BLE devices.

 

 

2. Yes it is, you should be able to interact with BLE devices with gatttool.

 

 

3. No, it shouldn't be.

 

 

4. You don't need any extra devices to make Edison capabilities work, if you would like to buy BLE sensors it will be up to your project's needs.

 

 

5. It shouldn't be, however to get more information about it I'd suggest you to go to https://developers.google.com/brillo/.

 

 

Let me know if this information is of help.

 

-Peter.

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idata
Community Manager
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Hello zettez,

 

 

1. No, you do not need any expansion boards to use Edison's Bluetooth capabilities, in fact, Edison can used Bluetooth if you use only the module itself. In order to learn mora about Edison's capabilities, I'd suggest you to read the Bluetooth Guide ( http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/boards-and-kits/000005743.html).

 

Also, you should read this guide: https://software.intel.com/en-us/articles/using-the-generic-attribute-profile-gatt-in-bluetooth-low-... to learn how to install a BlueZ version that includes gatttool, which will let you interact with BLE devices.

 

 

2. Yes it is, you should be able to interact with BLE devices with gatttool.

 

 

3. No, it shouldn't be.

 

 

4. You don't need any extra devices to make Edison capabilities work, if you would like to buy BLE sensors it will be up to your project's needs.

 

 

5. It shouldn't be, however to get more information about it I'd suggest you to go to https://developers.google.com/brillo/.

 

 

Let me know if this information is of help.

 

-Peter.

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SZ2
New Contributor I
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Greetings Peter.

Thank you for your answers.

I see, that is fortunate. Is the documentation valid if I chose to use Brillo instead of the Yocto distribution? I guess I will be able to install the GATT tool if I flash Brillo? Doing a fast google on Brillo and GATT shows me there is some kind of implementation in the Android stack of Brillo. Maybe it is outside of this forum. I will gladly read the information you provided though.

For now, I do not have any further questions, but I will either reply here or post a new thread if the question is all too deviant.

idata
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Hi zettez,

 

 

The documentation I posted above is only valid for Yocto. As I mentioned, if you would like to learn more about Edison+Brillo you will have to reach Google ( https://developers.google.com/brillo/).

 

 

However, if you ever encounter any issue with Edison, please, do let us know, we'll try to help you in any way we can.

 

 

-Peter.
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