Puck.JS connection to Bluno Beetle

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  • Hi,

    is it possible to make a bluetooth connection to the Bluno Beetle Module (ATMega328P, Bluetooth Chip: CC2540)?

    I want to transmit three single signals of the button from Puck.JS (Single Click, Double Click and Hold Down). I saw too late there is also a breakout board from espruino (MBDT42). I ordered now a Bluno Beetle for Prototyping.

    My second question if the Puck.JS has CE conformity and is it EMS-proofed?

    Best regards

  • I can't find too much information on the Bluno Beetle in my quick look, but Espruino can communicate with basically any Bluetooth LE device so you should be fine.

    Obviously I don't have one here to test, but going by the code that's at https://evothings.com/doc/examples/bluno­-helloworld.html

    It seems that you can just connect with the Puck.js and write to characteristic 0000dfb1-0000-1000-8000-00805f9b34fb so something like the following should work:

    var gatt;
    NRF.requestDevice({ filters: [{ namePrefix: 'Puck.js' }] }).then(function(device) {
      return device.gatt.connect();
    }).then(function(g) {
      gatt = g;
      return gatt.getPrimaryService("0000dfb0-0000-10­00-8000-00805f9b34fb");
    }).then(function(service) {
      return service.getCharacteristic("0000dfb1-0000­-1000-8000-00805f9b34fb");
    }).then(function(characteristic) {
      return characteristic.writeValue([0x01]); // or 0x00 for off
    }).then(function() {
      gatt.disconnect();
      console.log("Done!");
    });
    

    The radio module on Puck.js is CE/FCC/etc certified, and since that's the only emitting component we self-certify Puck.js itself. So short answer - yes, it's CE certified.

    I'm not 100% sure what you mean by EMS-proofed, but as part of the CE testing for the module there's a bunch of electromagnetic testing, and since there's nothing conductive on Puck.js's exterior I'd be confident in it even in pretty electrically harsh environments.

  • Hi Gordon,

    first of all, thank you for your great support and your time!
    This help a lot.

    I would like to develope a wireless button. So I could use the Puck.JS as finished product and I have to develope then the receiver module with the Bluno Beetle inside, which controls the outputs to other end devices via Jack connectors (3,5mm). The Jack connectors are common in the sector I would like to use it. The incoming 3,3V Signal from the external devices (3,5 Jack cabel) will be switched by a NPN-bipolar Transistor by the Bluno Beetle in the receiver module.

    Best regards

  • Sounds great! You could use something like a ULN2003 which has a bunch of NPN transistors plus all the resistors needed built in.

    If you're actually looking at making a product then I'd seriously suggest you look at the MBDT42Q breakout board (or even using the bare MBDT42Q module if you're making your own PCB). While the Bluno Beetle will work, using another Espruino device gives you loads of extra options - for example for adding some kind of security to the Bluetooth connection.

  • Hi Gordon,

    thank you very much for your suggestion. You are right, this make sense. I think I will do it with a MBDT42Q Breakout Board. I would connect it to my specific PCB with the Jack output and to place the needed transistor on that is no problem as well. The only thing I want to create is a receiver module as small as possible.

    What I need to check is, if the tactile button is easy to press or if not that I could change this maybe. The thing is, the project would be for people with muscular deseases or tetraplegics who use a electric power wheelchair. To reduce the cable management there would be a great benefit.

    Best regards

  • @user108865

    to give you an idea of PuckJS' Anatomy and its button press experience, take a look at annotated picture below. I 'styled' cross cut - at bottom right - you can see how the button indirectly is pressed: By pressing on the board the button is pressed against the bottom of the case. Therefore, I suggest to create a board / component protective insert to enhance the press experience and make the touch area on the silicon cover more pronounced. Since the board acts like a leverage, best pressing point is at the opposite end of the pivot point / ledge side, and press experience decreases the closer to the pivot point / ledge to become practically impossible close to and over the pivot point / ledge (pure mechanics from physics). Some filed tries with different inserts (and covers) could answer usability. Cover with hard area where pivot point is and soft - with matching insert - where button is located. Of course, if you can go without changing the cover design, that would be great. Inserts should have a small opening where LEDs are or be transparent to keep LEDs useable. With no insert center is the best press area - edge of the BLE module, opposite of the antenna.


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  • Wow great explanation :) Thank you very much !!

  • Is the code above for the Bluno? Because I use the Arduino IDE to program but as I see, I am a noob in BLE. Really hard as beginner.

  • @user108865

    code in post #2 from @Gordon is code to run on any Espruino BLE platform (for example Puck.js) and is in JavaScript.

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