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Bluetooth components selection? Any already made devices?

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  1. Jan 13, 2012 #1
    Bluetooth components selection? Any "already made" devices?

    Hi all, this is what I wanna get done: a device1 reads data from sensor using a parallel port, then send it to a device2.

    Here is what I can think of about device1, it should be a very small 8bit smp MCU controlling a com device, preferably a bluetooth module, since going into the detail of bluetooth would be a house of pain.

    So for device1, it should work like this: sensor sends 8bit parallel data to the MCU, then the MCU activates the bluetooth module, pass it with the data, and make it send the data.

    My problem is: I do not know what product to choose, I mean there are products out there available that implement my goal, but I do not know who manufacture them, and which one has the best cost/benefit ratio. Do I really have to buy a bluetooth module, and a MCU miniboard and put the two together? Somebody must have done that job long time ago?



    Any suggestion would be appreciated! Thanks!
     
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  3. Jan 14, 2012 #2

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    Re: Bluetooth components selection? Any "already made" devices?

    It sounds as if you're looking for something like a Bluetooth serial modem, which acts just like a serial cable between the host and target:
    http://www.google.ca/search?q=bluetooth+serial+modem

    I've used ones from WCSC and IOGear--they both seem to do a reasonable job (although the IOGear one isn't sold in pairs):
    http://www.wcscnet.com/Wireless.htm [Broken]
    http://www.iogear.com/product/GBS301/

    They're mostly in the price range of around $200 a pair.
     
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  4. Jan 14, 2012 #3
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    200? That's way too expensive!
     
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  5. Jan 14, 2012 #4

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    Re: Bluetooth components selection? Any "already made" devices?

    Well, you did ask for ready-made!

    If cost is a major objective, I'd just go with a wired connection. Most of the wireless schemes (RF serial modems, ZigBee, Wi-Fi, etc.) I'm familiar with are about in the same ball-park price-wise for low quantities.
     
  6. Jan 15, 2012 #5
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    I see... guess I'll have to find another way around.
     
  7. Jan 15, 2012 #6

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  8. Jan 20, 2012 #7
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    Thanks MATLABdude, I've already found something that might come in handy, thanks 800 tons for your help! :)
     
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