The LightBlue Bean+ is an Arduino-compatible board that you program wirelessly using Bluetooth Low Energy. With Bean+, you can program wirelessly from any of your devices. Bean+ also comes with a built-in accelerometer, temperature sensor and RGB LED.
Bluetooth Low Energy Capabilities
The Bean+ can be programmed from most iOS, OS X, Windows and Android devices with BLE capabilities. Write code on-the-fly using our iOSand Android Bean Loader apps, or at the comfort of your computer using the standard Arduino IDE (Mac or PC). All programming can done wirelessly and you can even program multiple Beans at once. No wires; no worries.
Interacts with your Phone
The Bean+ is perfect for any smartphone-controlled project. Use our app LightBlue to quickly interact with the Bean+ without having to make your own app. Make a smartphone-controlled hovercraft or use your iPhone to turn the lights on and off in your roommate's bedroom.
iOS and Android SDKs
We provide official iOS, OS X and Android SDKs that help you develop smartphone apps that interact with the Bean+. These have been been put to the test by our own apps, as well as many built by our community.
Bean to Bean Communication
Your Bean+ can talk to other Beans! This feature uses BLE advertisement packets and the observer role to send simple messages between Beans.
The Bean+ comes equipped with five new Bluetooth Low Energy capabilities: beacon, MIDI, HID, ANCS and observer role.
Have the Bean+ receive your Apple notifications during the weekdays, be a MIDI instrument by Friday and work the weekends as a keyboard or a mouse. Then let it spend its holidays socializing with other Beans.
Bean+ comes with a LiPo battery and charges just like any other micro-USB device. If you need more capacity, simply solder on your own LiPo as a replacement.
Grove is a system of components designed for makers. The Grove ports on Bean+ make it easy to add parts without soldering.
Built-in accelerometer, temperature sensor and RGB LED
The built-in headers on Bean+ make it easier than ever to build your own addon boards. Just spin a PCB, add headers and plug it in!
3.3V and 5V operation
Bean+ operates at either 3.3 or 5 volts, so it can talk to all your favorite peripherals. You won’t have to limit which parts you can use because of incompatible operating voltages.
With a new RF amplifier, the Bean+ can communicate with other Bean+'s from up to 400 meters (1,300 ft) under ideal conditions, or 250 meters (820 ft) to your smartphone. Upload a new sketch to your tree house Bean+ without having to leave your bed, or turn on epic welcoming music in your house before you even pull into to your driveway.
ATmega328p microcontroller @ 8 MHz
32KB Flash memory, 2KB SRAM
16 accessible I/O pins
6 analog input pins on a 10-bit ADC
4 pins with PWM support
1 SPI port
1 I²C port
3.7V 600maH LiPo Rechargeable Battery
Operating Voltage Range (USB): 5V +/- 10%
Maximum Current @ 5V: .6A
Maximum Current @ 3.3V: 1A
Operating Temperature Range: -40°C to 85°C
Maximum Output Power: 8dBm
Maximum Range(Bean+ to Bean+): 400 m
Maximum Range(Bean+ to smartphone): 250 m
1 x LightBlue Bean+
1 x LiPo Rechargeable Battery
Resources and Documentation
Getting started with Bean+
For more information, please check out LightBlue forum Bean Talk.