CHIP DESIGNER CSR has launched a developer kit for its CSRmesh protocol, which allows an unlimited number of Bluetooth Smart enabled devices to be networked together and controlled from a smartphone, tablet or PC.
The kit includes development boards, a USB programmer and access to the software development kit (SDK), which includes example applications that aim to accelerate the development of new low-power connected Internet of Things (IoT) products, CSR said.
"We are seeing Bluetooth Smart underpinning many more products as the Internet-of-Things shifts from concept to reality," said CSR IoT leader Rick Walker. "By launching the CSRmesh Development Kit we are equipping developers with the tools they need to innovate and take advantage of the many opportunities offered by the IoT. We are helping them to bring networked devices to market as quickly and simply as possible."
CSRMesh, which combines a configuration and control protocol with CSR's Bluetooth Smart devices including the CSR101x family, has already been adopted by several lighting manufacturers, including Samsung, for its smart bulb lighting solutions.
The CSRmesh protocol works by using Bluetooth Smart to send messages to other Bluetooth Smart devices in the network, which in turn relay them onward, allowing messages to be addressed to individual devices or groups of devices. It is also possible for devices to belong to multiple groups.
Control of the devices is via any smartphone or tablet that supports the Bluetooth Smart standard, or via standard control devices such as light switches or control panels that have been Bluetooth Smart enabled.
The SDK is initially offered with software supporting networked lighting applications, with updates for home automation and other IoT applications based on CSRmesh due later in the year.
The CSRmesh Development Kit is now available from selected CSR distributors from $299, or about £180, and features three CSRmesh Bluetooth Smart development boards, one USB programmer, batteries and a setup guide. Additional development boards can be purchased from $49 each, or about £30.
"Developers can also purchase additional CSRmesh Development Boards to expand their mesh development and testing," CSR said. Below is a video of what is possible with CSRMesh for lighting. µ