Monday, March 11, 2013

Coin-sized Arduino-compatible board can be wirelessly connected to iPhone - to do things for you

Innovators are always in pursuit of something 'big' in concept, though it may be a coin-sized, to help the world in its comforts.

We have had remote controls for long now but these are restricted to factory fitted devices and gadgets  But now there is a possibility that can turn your iPhone into a remote control to 'move' things or open drawers.

This may be possible by a Coin-sized Arduino-compatible board which can be wirelessly connected to your iPhone and may perform endless functions.

As reported by Mashable, the “RFduino” is an open-source, standalone board that's small enough to fit inside your projects, whether you’re a hobbyist or a professional engineer. The board runs a powerful ARM Cortex processor and can be powered by bench power supply, wall outlet, USB or coin cell battery.

The tiny RFduino is designed by electrical engineer Armen Kazanchian with Hermosa Beach, Calif.-based Open Source RF. He's raising funds on Kickstarter for a manufacturing run of the RFduino and for shield accessory boards.

Since the board is equipped with Bluetooth 4.0 and can talk to your iPhone, it allows your smartphone to read and measure physical objects. Kazanchian says you can do things like wirelessly monitor temperatures, remotely measure battery voltages, control multicolor LED lighting, drive LCD displays and play with iPhone-controlled RC cars running your Arduino sketches.

Watch the video below on this tiny yet very innovative device:

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