Blebricks

The Blebricks family consists of various sensor models, such as the environmental, touch, orientation, and presence detection’s ones, communication and power modules, infrared receivers, and mounting bases.

 

The users shall handle the included devices with care, avoiding to create short-circuits, bend connectors, apply inadequate forces on the devices and particularly on the electronic components, expose the devices to water and temperatures lower than 0°C and higher than 45°C, or create any other possible damaging scenario.

In order to disassemble stacked Blebricks, it is recommended to use a dielectric object as a lever and apply a uniform and weak force in order to not bend connectors.

BLE-B
BLE-B
  • Description

    The BLE-B is our Bluetooth®  Low Energy and NFC communication Blebrick, equipped with an ARM® Cortex®-M4 32-bit processor.

  • Interfaces

    The BLE-B is equipped with:
    Bluetooth® Low Energy (v4.2)
    NFC Tag Emulation
    Three-state button detecting short and long presses
    RGB LED with configurable colour and brightness level, used also for status indication by blinking
    4 GPIOs configurable as digital inputs, digital outputs with optional PWM feature and analogue input (only for two GPIOs)
    I2C interface
    Temperature sensor
    Battery voltage sensor

  • Parameters

    Dimensions (naked): 22.5 mm x 22.5 mm
    Dimensions (packaged): 27 mm x 27 mm

    2.4 GHz transceiver
    96 dBm sensitivity
    1 Mbps, 2 Mbps supported data rates
    TX power -20 to +4 dBm in 4 dB steps
    RSSI (1 dB resolution)
    512 kB flash memory
    64 kB RAM

  • Operation Modes

    The BLE-B can operate both and simultaneously in advertising mode (default operating mode with minimum power consumption) and observing mode (scanning for advertising packets from other BLE devices).

    The main advertising data are encoded and transmitted using a registered Manufacturer ID (0x0668, Bleb Technology s.r.l.).

    A special case of the observing mode is the sentry mode: the BLE-B measures the RSSI from a specific BLE device allowing to estimate their mutual distance.

    Another possibility for the BLE-B is to transfer data to/from central BLE devices in connection mode.

    Additionally, the BLE-B can operate in Quuppa mode, emulating a Quuppa tag for enhanced RTLS applications.

    The low power mode is intended for applications with small data throughput and ultra-low power consumption, therefore it is not recommended for enhanced demonstration experience.

    The BLE-B can be configured in programming mode, where commands are received upon BLE connection, are executed and saved in BLE-B’s flash memory for execution after power-cycling.

    Serial programming mode is identical to programming mode, with the only exception that commands are received through I2C.

    Finally, the BLE-B’s firmware can be updated wirelessly via Over The Air Device Firmware Update.

  • Applications

    Personal distance detection to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in workplaces
    Contacts mapping of the possible infected person
    Indoor/outdoor temperature detection

  • MakeApp View

BLE-Beacon
ble-beacon
  • Description

    Beacon Bluetooth® Low Energy (v4.2) can be configured with a simple app, with advanced functions and peripheral devices.

    Whether it is a stand- alone device, it features all BLE-B functions. Please note that it can’t be connected to other Blebricks. It has a lithium non-rechargeable battery (240 mAh) which is easily replaceable.

  • Interfaces

    The BLE-Beacon is equipped with:
    Bluetooth® Low Energy (v4.2)
    Two-state button detecting short and long presses
    RGB LED with configurable colour and brightness level
    Temperature sensor
    Battery voltage sensor

  • Parameters

    Dimensions (naked): 22.5 mm x 22.5 mm
    Dimensions (packaged): 27 mm x 27 mm

    -96 dBm sensitivity
    1 Mbps supported data rates
    TX power -20 to +4 dBm in 4 dB steps
    RSSI (1 dB resolution)
    1 MB flash memory
    256 kB RAM
    Supply voltage: 3V +/- 10%
    Average power consumption without load @25°C, Power 0 dBm: 6µA
    Operating temperature range: – 40 + 85°C

  • Operation Modes

    The BLE-B can operate both and simultaneously in advertising mode (default operating mode with minimum power consumption) and observing mode (scanning for advertising packets from other BLE devices).

    The main advertising data are encoded and transmitted using a registered Manufacturer ID (0x0668, Bleb Technology s.r.l.).

    Another possibility for the BLE-B is to transfer data to/from central BLE devices in connection mode.

    The BLE-B can be configured in programming mode, where commands are received upon BLE connection, are executed and saved in BLE-B’s flash memory for execution after power-cycling.

    Finally, the BLE-B’s firmware can be updated wirelessly via Over The Air Device Firmware Update (OTA-DFU).

BLE5-B
BLE5-B
  • Description

    The BLE5-B is our Bluetooth® 5.0 and NFC communication Blebrick, equipped with an ARM® Cortex®-M4F 32-bit processor.

    Bluetooth® 5.0 extends the communication range to hundreds of meters, allows a 2 Mbps transmission speed and increases the advertising payload size to 255 bytes.

  • Interfaces

    The BLE5-B is equipped with:
    Bluetooth® Low Energy (v5.0)
    NFC Tag Emulation
    Three-state button detecting short and long presses
    RGB LED with configurable colour and brightness level, used also for status indication by blinking
    I2C interface
    Temperature sensor
    Battery voltage sensor

  • Parameters

    Dimensions (Expert): 22.5 mm x 22.5 mm
    Dimensions (Elite): 27 mm x 27 mm

    2.4 GHz transceiver
    -96 dBm sensitivity
    2 Mbps, 1 Mbps, 500 kbps and 125 kbps supported data rates
    TX power -20 dBm to +8 dBm in 4 dB steps
    RSSI (1 dB resolution)

  • Operation Modes

    The BLE-B can operate both and simultaneously in advertising mode (default operating mode with minimum power consumption) and observing mode (scanning for advertising packets from other BLE devices).

    The main advertising data are encoded and transmitted using a registered Manufacturer ID (0x0668, Bleb Technology s.r.l.).

    A special case of the observing mode is the sentry mode: the BLE-B measures the RSSI from a specific BLE device allowing to estimate their mutual distance.

    Another possibility for the BLE-B is to transfer data to/from central BLE devices in connection mode.

    Additionally, the BLE-B can operate in Quuppa mode, emulating a Quuppa tag for enhanced RTLS applications.

    The low power mode is intended for applications with small data throughput and ultra-low power consumption, therefore it is not recommended for enhanced demonstration experience.

    The BLE-B can be configured in programming mode, where commands are received upon BLE connection, are executed and saved in BLE-B’s flash memory for execution after power-cycling.

    Serial programming mode is identical to programming mode, with the only exception that commands are received through I2C.

    Finally, the BLE-B’s firmware can be updated wirelessly via Over The Air Device Firmware Update.

  • MakeApp View

BLE5-Beacon
BLE5B-BEACON
  • Description

    Beacon Bluetooth® Low Energy (v5.0) can be configured with a simple app, with advanced functions and peripheral devices.

    Whether it is a stand- alone device, it features all BLE5-B functions. Please note that it can’t be connected to other Blebricks. It has a lithium non-rechargeable battery (240 mAh) which is easily replaceable.

  • Interfaces

    The BLE5-Beacon is equipped with:
    Bluetooth® Low Energy (v5.0)
    Two-state button detecting short and long presses
    RGB LED with configurable colour and brightness level
    Temperature sensor
    Battery voltage sensor

  • Parameters

    Dimensions (Expert): 22.5 mm x 22.5 mm
    Dimensions (Elite): 27 mm x 27 mm

    96 dBm sensitivity
    2 Mbps supported data rates
    TX power up to 8 dBm
    RSSI (1 dB resolution)
    Supply voltage: 3V +/- 10%
    Average power consumption without load @25°C, Power 0 dBm: 6µA
    Operating temperature range: – 40 + 85°C

  • Operation Modes

    The BLE-B can operate both and simultaneously in advertising mode (default operating mode with minimum power consumption) and observing mode (scanning for advertising packets from other BLE devices).

    The main advertising data are encoded and transmitted using a registered Manufacturer ID (0x0668, Bleb Technology s.r.l.).

    Another possibility for the BLE-B is to transfer data to/from central BLE devices in connection mode.

    The BLE-B can be configured in programming mode, where commands are received upon BLE connection, are executed and saved in BLE-B’s flash memory for execution after power-cycling.

    Finally, the BLE-B’s firmware can be updated wirelessly via Over The Air Device Firmware Update (OTA-DFU).

SFX
antenna sfx
  • Description

    The SFX Blebrick is a communication module supporting Sigfox LP-WAN (Low Power Wide Area Network), allowing real-time remote access to the data coming from local or surrounding Blebricks.

    N.B. It is necessary to attach the provided antenna to the SFX Blebrick to allow communication

  • Network Highlights

    Sigfox is rolling out the first global IoT network to listen to billions of objects broadcasting data, without the need to establish and maintain network connections. Sigfox offers a software based communication solution, where all the network and computing complexity is managed in the cloud, rather than on the devices. All that together, it drastically reduces energy consumption and costs of connected devices.

    Sigfox has designed its technology and network to meet the requirements of mass IoT applications; long device battery life-cycle, low device cost, low connectivity fee, high network capacity, and long range.

    Highlights of Sigfox network are:

    High quality of service

    A device is not attached to a specific base station. Its broadcasted messages are received by any base station in the range, which is 3 on average, and there is no need for message acknowledgement. Spatial diversity coupled with time and frequency diversity of radio frame repetitions lead to high quality of service of the Sigfox network.

    High resilience to interferences

    Ultra Narrow Band intrinsic ruggedness coupled with spatial diversity of the base stations offer great anti-jamming capabilities. UNB is extremely robust in an environment with spread spectrum signals. UNB is the best choice to operate on the public ISM band.

    – Very long range

    Low bit rate and simple radio modulation enable a 163.3 dB budget link for long range communications.

    – High energy efficiency

    Sigfox radio protocol cuts the radio frame size down and no synchronization with the network is required. Combining a low power emission level and short emission duration (less than one minute per day) allows maximum autonomy to devices.

    – High network capacity

    The small footprint of UNB enables more simultaneous signals within the operation band, in addition Sigfox protocol cuts down the radio frames size. Those two features combined with the use of cognitive radio technology enables the Sigfox network to reach a very a high capacity. Sigfox payloads are small: an uplink message has up to 12-bytes payload and it takes an average of 2 s over the air to reach the base stations, while the payload allowance in downlink messages is 8 bytes. The regulation of ETSI limits the emission in the public band to 6 messages per hour.

  • Parameters

    Dimensions (Expert): 22.5 mm x 38 mm
    Dimensions (Elite): 27 mm x 40 mm

    Tx 868.130 MHz
    Rx 869.525 MHz
    Tx output power programmable from 12.5 13.5 14.5 15.5 dBm
    Average current consumption in transmission: 20 mA
    Supply voltage: 3V +/- 10%
    Operating temperature range: – 40 + 85°C

  • Configurability

    The SFX Blebrick can forward data coming from local Blebricks to the Sigfox network at a configurable regular interval.

  • LED

    The SFX Blebrick does not have an embedded LED, but it influences the behaviour of the LED of the BLE-B it is attached to:
    – When a Sigfox packet is being forwarded, the BLE-B’s LED blinks/breathes cyan
    – When a Sigfox packet is successfully forwarded, the LED blinks green
    – When a Sigfox packet forwarding fails, the LED blinks red

  • Sigfox Gateway

    The SFX Blebrick can be used to forward data coming from local Blebricks (i.e. Blebricks attached to the same BLE-B the SFX is attached to) at a regular interval or on demand, but not only: by putting the BLE-B in scan mode, the SFX will act as a Sigfox gateway, forwarding occasional alarms coming from surrounding Blebricks to the Sigfox network.

    Such feature allows to create a local Bluetooth sensors network with remote connectivity thanks to the Sigfox gateway.

  • Applications

    Supply chain and logistics
    Manufacturing
    Domotic
    Smart cities
    Utilities and energy
    Smart buildings
    Retail
    Smart agricolture
    Insurance

  • MakeApp View

    When the SFX is connected to your BLE-B, it immediately starts forwarding data collected from the attached Blebricks to the Sigfox network every 10 minutes.

    You can also forward the GPS location of your Blebricks by tapping over the pin icon, or a short text message by tapping on the message icon, writing the message and pushing “send”.

    By tapping over the SFX icon, you will get access to the following two buttons:

    The “Get device ID” button will ask the SFX to show its identification data (Device ID and PAC).

    The “Activate Gateway” will put the BLE-B in scan mode to enable the SFX to act as a gateway collecting data from surrounding Blebricks and forwarding them to the Sigfox network.

GPS
GPS-200
  • Description

    The GPS Blebrick is a multi-GNSS receiver module with embedded chip antenna, supporting GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo and QZSS navigation systems.

  • Configurability

    The user can configure the operation mode, as a trade-off between power consumption and positioning accuracy and reactivity.
    The sampling interval is automatically set depending on the chosen operation mode. By default, only latitude and longitude values are given.
    The user can request additional information such as altitude, speed, orientation and fix status.

  • Parameters

    Dimensions (Expert): 22.5 mm x 22.5 mm
    Dimensions (Elite): 27 mm x 27 mm

    Receiving bands: GPS / Galileo L1 C/A (1575.42 MHz), GLONASS L1 C/A (1602.5625 MHz), BD2 B1 C/A: 1561.098MHz
    Channel Numbers: 33 Tracking Channels, 99 Acquisition Channels, 210 PRN Channels
    Horizontal Position Accuracy: < 2.5 m
    Velocity accuracy: < 0.1 m/s
    Sensitivity: -148 dBm @Acquisition, -165 dBm @Tracking, -160 dBm @Reacquisition
    Maximum altitude: 18000 m
    Maximum velocity: 515 m/s
    Temperature range: -40 °C to +85 °C
    Current consumption: ~25 mA @Acquisition, ~20 mA @Tracking

  • Additional notes

    The Full On Mode maximises performances but also power consumption.
    The Backup Mode is a sleep mode with lowest power consumption (~7 µA).
    The Periodic Mode allows to alternate between run and sleep phases with user-defined time intervals. In case module’s fix acquisition fails during the run phase, additional time is automatically given.
    The AlwaysLocate™ Mode is an automatic power management mode, aiming to give the best performances/power consumption ratio depending on different scenarios: basing on the module’s speed, reactivity is changed and power consumption can vary between an average of 2.7 mA to an average of 20 mA.

ENV
sensore env
  • Description

    The ENV Blebrick is an ultra-low-power environmental sensor that integrates gas, humidity, pressure and temperature sensors, allowing reliable calculation of the indoor air quality index (IAQ).

  • Configurability

    The user can configure the reading interval and temperature offset.

  • Parameters

    Dimensions (naked): 22.5 mm x 22.5 mm
    Dimensions (packaged): 27 mm x 27 mm

    The default reading interval for this sensor is 10 s.
    Pressure range: 300 hPa – 1100 hPa (±0.6 hPa accuracy)
    Humidity range: 0 – 100% (±3% accuracy)
    Temperature range: -40 °C – +85 °C (±1 °C accuracy)
    IAQ range: 0 – 500
    Operating temperature range: – 40 + 85°C
    Supply voltage: 3V +/- 10%
    Avarage electric current consumption during the measurement: 10 mA

    Standard table for Indoord Air Quality values

  • Additional notes

    It can take up to ten minutes for this sensor to generate a reliable Indoor Air Quality Index.

    When in the MakeApp:
    – the IAQ rounded background is red then the IAQ accuracy is equal to zero
    – the IAQ rounded background is orange then the IAQ accuracy is reliable.

    A proprietary algorithm processing humidity, temperature, gas and pressure data collected by the sensor automatically calculates the IAQ Index.

  • Applications

    Air quality measurement
    Personalized weather station
    Context awareness, e.g. skin moisture detection, room change detection
    Fitness monitoring / well-being
    Warning regarding dryness or high temperatures
    Measurement of volume and air flow
    Home automation control (e.g. HVAC)
    GPS enhancement (e.g. time-to-first-fix improvement, dead reckoning, slope detection)
    Indoor navigation (change of floor detection, elevator detection)
    Altitude tracking and calories expenditure for sports activities

  • MakeApp View

    When the ENV is connected to your BLE-B, the MakeApp will show you its measured temperature, atmospheric pressure and relative humidity values.

    The IAQ value will become available after few minutes.

PRT
sensore prt
  • Description

    The PRT Blebrick is an absolute barometric pressure and temperature sensor.

  • Configurability

    The user can configure the reading interval, temperature and pressure oversampling, temperature and pressure offset and filter coefficient.

  • Parameters

    Dimensions (naked): 22.5 mm x 22.5 mm
    Dimensions (packaged): 27 mm x 27 mm

    Default reading interval: 500 ms, and the minimum is 10 ms
    Pressure range: 300 hPa – 1100 hPa (±1 hPa accuracy)
    Pressure resolution: 0.01 hPa
    Temperature range: -40 °C – 85 °C (±1 °C accuracy)
    Temperature resolution: 0.1 °C

  • Additional notes

    Since this is an absolute barometric pressure sensor, it can be used to detect and measure altitude variations. In order to measure altitude, an additional reference BLE-PRT shall be used.

  • Applications

    Enhancement of GPS navigation (e.g. time-tofirst-fix improvement, dead-reckoning, slope detection)
    Indoor navigation (floor detection, elevator detection)
    Outdoor navigation, leisure and sports applications
    Weather forecast
    Health care applications (e.g. spirometry)
    Vertical velocity indication (e.g. rise/sink speed)

  • MakeApp View

    When the PRT is connected to your BLE-B, the MakeApp will show you its measured temperature, atmospheric pressure and a rough altitude estimation. You can zero-offset the altitude value by tapping over the righmost button (ABS).

    Tap over the sensor icon to set the operation mode (among low power, standard and high resolution modes) or the filtering options (among off¸ medium or high filtering).

RHT
sensore rht
  • Description

    The RHT Blebrick is a relative humidity and temperature sensor.

  • Configurability

    The user can configure the sampling interval, and temperature and humidity offset.

  • Parameters

    Dimensions (naked): 22.5 mm x 22.5 mm
    Dimensions (packaged): 27 mm x 27 mm

    Default reading interval: 1 s, and the minimum is 500 ms
    Humidity range: 0 – 100% (±2% accuracy)
    Humidity resolution: 0.05%
    Temperature range: -40 °C – +125 °C (±0.3 °C accuracy)
    Temperature resolution: 0.05 °C

  • Applications

    Automotive: defogging, HVAC
    Home appliance
    Medical
    Printers
    Humidifier

  • MakeApp View

    When the RHT is connected to your BLE-B, the MakeApp will show you its measured relative humidity and temperature values.

UVA
sensore uva
  • Description

    The UVA Blebrick is an ultraviolet (UV-A) light sensor.

  • Configurability

    The user can configure the sampling interval and the sensor’s integration time. Increasing the integration time results in enhanced sensitivity and higher minimum refresh time.

  • Parameters

    Dimensions (naked): 22.5 mm x 22.5 mm
    Dimensions (packaged): 27 mm x 27 mm

    Default reading interval: 1 s, the minimum is 60 ms
    Range of spectral sensitivity: 320 – 410 nm
    Maximum UVA detection power: 328 mW/cm2
    UVA sensitivity: 5 µW/cm2

  • Applications

    Solar UV indicator
    Cosmetic / outdoor sport handheld product
    Consumer products

  • MakeApp View

    When the UVA is connected to your BLE-B, the MakeApp will show you its measured UV light intensity value and a UVA index indication.

    By tapping over the sensor icon it is possible to set the sensor’s sensitivity.

RGB
sensore rgb
  • Description

    The RGB Blebrick is a red, green, blue and white color sensor.

  • Configurability

    The user can configure the reading interval and the sensor’s integration time.

    Increasing the integration time results in enhanced sensitivity and lower maximum detectable intensity.

    The default (and minimum) reading interval is 100 ms.

  • Parameters

    Dimensioni (Expert): 22.5 mm x 22.5 mm
    Dimensioni (Elite): 27 mm x 27 mm

    Red irradiance responsivity: 96 counts/(µW/cm2) @619 nm
    Green irradiance responsivity: 74 counts/(µW/cm2) @518 nm
    Blue irradiance responsivity: 56 counts/(µW/cm2) @6467 nm

  • Additional notes

    How the integration time affects sensitivity and maximum detectable intensity:

  • Applications

    Context Awareness
    Precisional Agriculture

  • MakeApp View

    When the RGB is connected to your BLE-B, the MakeApp will show you the detected colour and its measured white light intensity value.

  • Demo Video

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CO2
CO2-sensor
  • Description

    The CO2 Blebrick features an infrared gas module to detect the existence of CO2 in the air, with good selectivity, non-oxygen dependency and long life.

  • Configurability

    The user can configure the sampling interval: when the sampling interval is incremented the power consumption decreases, and vice-versa.

    The minimum and default reading interval is 100 ms.

  • Parameters

    Dimensions (Expert): 47.5 mm x 35 mm x 14 mm
    Dimensions (Elite): 53 mm x 39 mm x 14 mm

    Temperature compensation
    Average current consumption during measurement cycle: < 18 mA
    Measuring range: 0 ~ 0.5% VOL optional
    Preheat time: 3 min
    Response time: T90 < 60 s
    Operating temperature range: – 40 + 85°C
    Operating humidity range: 0 ~ 95 RH (no condensation)

  • Additional notes

    The sensor needs 3 minutes to warm up before it can give reliable values and it has a detection latency of around 60 seconds.

  • Applications

    • HVAC refrigeration
    • Indoor air quality monitoring

  • MakeApp View

    When the CO2 is connected to your BLE-B, the MakeApp will show you its measured CO2 concentration value.

CLT
  • Description

    The CLT Blebrick includes a contact-less temperature sensor that measures both the temperature of the environment and that of the object to which it is aimed.

  • Configurability

    The user can configure the sampling interval, the temperature offset and the method of use (surfaces or human body).

  • Parameters

    Dimensions (naked): 22.5 mm x 22.5 mm
    Dimensions (packaged): 27 mm x 27 mm

    Programmable sampling interval: default 150 ms
    Temperature range: -40 ° C … + 85˚C for environmental temperature and -70 ° C … + 380˚C for object temperature
    Average electric current consumption during the measurement: 1.3 mA
    Accuracy: 0.02 ° C in the range between 0 ° C and + 50 ° C
    Operating temperature range: -40 ° C… + 85 ° C

  • Applications

    Temperature measurement
    High temperature warning
    Home automation (e.g. heating)
    Contactless fever measurement

  • MakeApp View

    When the CLT is connected to your BLE-B, the MakeApp will show you the measured environmental and object temperature.

PMX
sensore-pmx
  • Description

    The PMX Blebrick is an optical sensor to detect the small dust concentration with an indication of particle concentration (PM2.5 and PM10). It is also able to detent smoke indoor or outdoor.

  • Configurability

    The user can configure the sampling interval: when the reading interval is incremented the power consumption decreases, and vice-versa.

  • Parameters

    Dimensions (Expert): 70 mm x 99.8 mm

    Range: 0 – 999.9 µg/m3
    Response time: 1 s
    Sensitivity: 0,3 µg/m3
    Average current consumption during measurement cycle: 80 mA
    Minimum particles resolution: 0.3 µm
    Configurable sampling interval: default 1 s.
    Counting yield : 70% @ 0.3µm 98% @0.5 µm
    Relative error: ± 15% e ±10 µg/m3
    Idle power consumption: < 4 mA

  • Additional notes

    Service life is the key parameter of this laser dust sensor.
    The laser diode in this sensor has high quality and its service life is up to 8000 hours. If you need real-time data (such as detector), you can use the default configuration that measures at the frequency of 1 time per second.
    If real-time demand is not high (such as filter, air quality monitoring, etc.), you can use the discontinuous working method to prolong the service life. For example, you can have the sensor running for 30 seconds per minute, 30 seconds per hour and so on…

  • Applications

    • HVAC refrigeration
    • Air quality monitoring in the cities
    • Small dust monitoring in hotels and private houses
    • Fire prevention

SMS
sensore sms
  • Description

    The SMS Blebrick is a soil moisture and level detection sensor based on resistance and capacitance measurements.

  • Configurability

    The user can change the sensing mode (resistance, mutual capacitance and self-capacitance), configure the sampling interval, calibrate the sensor, and set capacitive sensor parameters such as sensitivity.

  • Parameters

    Dimension (Expert): 22.5 mm x 110 mm
    Dimension (Elite): 27 mm x 112.5 mm

    Soil moisture range: 0 – 100% (±10% accuracy)
    Humidity resolution: 1%
    Capacitive sensor configurable gain: 1, 2, 4, 8, 16 or 32
    Capacitive sensor configurable oversampling: 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64 or 128
    Capacitive sensor configurable filtering: 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32 or 64
    Capacitance resolution: 1 pF
    Supply voltage: 3V +/- 10%
    Avarage electric current consumption: 10 uA
    Operating temperature range: – 40 + 85°C

  • Additional notes

    The SMS can be used in resistance mode to measure the soil moisture, or in mutual or self-capacitance modes to perform different kinds of measurements, for example liquids level detection.

    To adapt the soil moisture scale to the specific soil you want to monitor, it is recommended to calibrate the SMS in both “dry soil” and “wet soil” conditions.

    Mutual capacitance mode is more immune to noise, however in some applications self-capacitance mode might be a more convenient choice.

    The embedded sensor (placed between the electrodes) can be used as is or can be extended using the proper pads (X and Y for mutual capacitance, Y for self-capacitance):

  • Applications

    Smart agricolture
    Smart industry

  • MakeApp View

    When the SMS is used in resistance mode, the measured soil moisture value is shown. Such value is calculated basing on the “dry soil” and “wet soil” conditions that can be set by the user tapping on the sensor icon and then calibrate offset (for “dry soil”) or calibrate full scale (for “wet soil”).

    Switching to mutual capacitance mode, the measured value is shown in pF.

    Tap on the sensor icon to set the capacitive sensor’s gain or to calibrate it.

    The same goes for the self-capacitance mode.

IMU
sensore imu
  • Description

    The IMU Blebrick is a 9-Axes absolute orientation sensor integrating 3-Axes accelerometer, 3-Axes gyroscope and 3Axes magnetometer.

  • Configurability

    The user can set the sampling interval, configure sensors’ full ranges and sensitivities, change measurement units, and chose the sensor output type such as orientation data (e.g. quaternions, Euler angles etc.), linear acceleration or accelerometer, gyroscope and magnetometer raw data.

  • Parameters

    Dimensions (naked): 22.5 mm x 22.5 mm
    Dimensions (packaged): 27 mm x 27 mm

    Accelerometer: range ±4 g, bandwidth 62.5 Hz, 14 bits resolution
    Gyroscope: range 2000 dps, bandwidth 32 Hz, 16 bits resolution
    Magnetometer: ODR 20 Hz, 13/13/15 bits x/y/z resolution
    Fused data (quaternions) ODR: 100 Hz

  • Additional notes

    The accelerometer, gyroscope and magnetometer can be configured only when used in raw data mode: when the sensor is set to output orientation data their default settings are restored.

  • Applications

    Motion Tracking
    Robotics
    Industry 4.0
    Indoor Navigation
    Context awareness

  • MakeApp View

    When the IMU is connected to your BLE-B, the MakeApp will show you by default the 3-Axes accelerometer values expressed in m/s2.

    By tapping over the sensor icon and entering command mode, it is possible to change the sensor mode or the sensor sensitivity (choosing among low, average or high).

    The Gyroscope mode shows sensor orientation expressed in Euler angles.

    Magnetometer mode shows magnetic field values in µT.

  • Demo video

PDM
sensore pdm
  • Description

    The PDM Blebrick is a Time-of-Flight (ToF), laser-ranging sensor with accurate ranging and fast ranging frequency, allowing distance measurement, presence detection and flow monitoring.

  • Configurability

    The user can set the sampling interval and configure sensor’s operation mode.

  • Parameters

    Dimensions (naked): 22.5 mm x 22.5 mm
    Dimensions (packaged): 27 mm x 27 mm

    Default and minimum reading interval is 150 ms.
    Emitter: 940 nm invisible laser (Class 1)
    Distance measurement range: up to 400 cm
    Ranging sensibility: 1 mm
    Typical full Field-of-View (FoV): 27°
    Supply voltage: 3V +/- 10%
    Avarage electric current consumption during measurament: 8 mA
    Operating temperature range: – 40 + 85°C

  • Additional notes

    The PDM Blebrick has two configurable operation modes:
    Ranging mode: the PDM measures the distance between itself and objects/people. There are three different ranging modes (long, medium and short range) that can be chosen as a tradeoff between maximum measurable distance and ambient light immunity.
    Crossings counter mode: the PDM continuously monitors a region of space (typically a doorstep area) in order to count how many times and in which direction it has been crossed by people or objects.

    In ranging mode, the measurement is accurate only when no warnings are shown. Typical warnings are out of bounds (the sensor is trying to measure an excessive distance) and wrapped target (when the target is too small or has an excessively irregular surface).
    Crossing counter mode could also be used for a basic gesture detection application.

  • Applications

    User detection to power on/off and lock/unlock devices
    Service robots and vacuum cleaners (long distance and fast obstacle detection)
    Drones (landing assistance, hovering, ceiling detection)
    Smart shelves and vending machines (goods inventory monitoring)
    Sanitary (robust user detection whatever the target reflectance)
    Smart building and smart lighting (people detection, gesture control)
    Access counter
    1 D gesture recognition

  • MakeApp View

    When the PDM is connected to your BLE-B, the MakeApp will show you the measured distance and a measurement status indication.

    When the status is different from valid, the accuracy is lower.

    Tap on the sensor icon to change the measurement mode from long distance to short distance (higher accuracy).

  • Demo video

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CAP
sensore cap
  • Description

    The CAP Blebrick is a capacitive touch sensor.

  • Configurability

    The user can change the touch detection mode (normal mode or latched mode), change RGB LED colour, calibrate the sensor, and set capacitive sensor parameters such as sensitivity.

  • Parameters

    Dimensions (naked): 22.5 mm x 22.5 mm
    Dimensions (packaged): 27 mm x 27 mm

    Capacitive sensor configurable gain: 1, 2, 4, 8, 16 or 32
    Capacitive sensor configurable oversampling: 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64 or 128
    Capacitive sensor configurable filtering: 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32 or 64
    Capacitance resolution: 1 pF

  • Additional notes

    The CAP Blebrick has two configurable operation modes:
    Normal mode: the touch sensor status changes whether the CAP is being touched or not (touch detection without memory)
    Latched mode: the touch sensor status changes only upon subsequent touches (touch detection with memory)
    To indicate touch sensor status, the CAP Blebrick has an RGB LED with configurable color.

  • MakeApp View

    When the CAP is used in normal mode, the user is notified when the sensor is touched.

    Tap on the icon to switch to latched mode: in this case the LED status is shown.

    In both modes it is possible to tap on the icon to set sensor’s gain and to calibrate it or to change LED’s color.

IRR
sensore irr
  • Description

    The IRR Blebrick is a 38 kHz infrared receiver.

  • Parameters

    Dimensions (naked): 22.5 mm x 22.5 mm
    Dimensions (packaged): 27 mm x 27 mm

    Typical distance: 30 m
    Typical FoV: 45°

  • Additional notes

    The IRR Blebrick is meant to be used together with the IRT Blebrick to achieve long range infrared communication. Therefore, IRR and IRT have to be connected to two different BLE-Bs to be used.

  • MakeApp View

    When the IRR is connected to your BLE-B, the MakeApp will show you the 6-bytes message being received from the IRT. You can change the representation from HEX to ASCII by tapping on the button.

ACC
  • Description

    The ACC Blebrick is a 3-axis acceleration sensor that allows detecting impacts, activity, and orientation changes.

  • Configurability

    The user can set the sampling interval, configure the sensitivity, the range of the sensors, and the activity, shock, and orientation change’s conditions

  • Parameters

    Dimensions (naked): 22.5 mm x 22.5 mm
    Dimensions (packaged): 27 mm x 27 mm

    Acceleration range: ± 4g, configurable
    Output data rate: 25 Hz, configurable
    Sampling interval: 500 ms, configurable
    Electric current consumption during measurement: <14.5 µA at maximum performance

  • Applications

    Motion detection
    Robotics
    Industry 4.0
    Indoor navigation
    Context-awareness
    Predictive maintenance

  • MakeApp View

    When the ACC is connected to your BLE-B, the MakeApp will show you the values ​​measured by the 3-axis accelerometer expressed in m / s2.
    Moreover, it shows the shock alert, orientation change, and motion detection values.

CMS
  • Description

    The CMS Blebrick is a sensor that measures direct currents and voltages, and also calculates the power.

  • Configurability

    The user can set the sampling interval, the maximum input voltage, the full scale of the sensor, the value of the shunt resistance, and the minimum measurable current value.

  • Parameters

    Dimensions (naked): 22.5 mm x 22.5 mm
    Dimensions (packaged): 27 mm x 27 mm

    Maximum input voltage: 26V
    Maximum input current: ± 3.2 A
    Sampling interval: 1 s (configurable)
    Shunt resistance: 16 Ω

  • Additional notes

    The user can decide to view the data in generic sensing mode in which current values ​​measured by the CMS are processed, based on the information entered by the user, to show generic quantities proportional to them.
    For example, the user who wants to connect a pressure sensor with 4-20 mA interface to the CMS, will specify that:
    The name of the quantity to show is “Pressure”
    The unit of measurement of the quantity is “kPa”
    The minimum current value is 4 mA and corresponds to a pressure of 0 kPa
    The maximum current value is 20 mA and corresponds to a pressure of 200 kPa.

    The app will then directly display the pressure values ​​expressed in kPa, effectively transforming the CMS into a pressure sensor (or any other sensor with current output).

  • Applications

    Power Supplies
    Test Equipment
    Battery Chargers
    Appliances monitoring
    Predictive maintenance
    Interface for 4-20 mA sensors

  • MakeApp View

    When the CMS is connected to your BLE-B, the MakeApp will show the voltage, current and power values ​​measured at the application point.

    In normal mode:

    In generic sensing mode:

RMS
  • Description

    The RMS Blebrick is a sensor that measures the effective value of alternating currents.

  • Configurability

    The user can set the maximum input voltage, the full scale of the sensor and the multiplication factor to be applied to obtain the effective current value.

  • Parameters

    Dimensions (naked): 22.5 mm x 22.5 mm
    Dimensions (packaged): 27 mm x 27 mm

    Maximum input voltage: 26V
    Maximum input current: ± 3.2 A
    Sampling interval: 1 s (configurable)
    Shunt resistance: 100 Ω

  • Additional notes

    The RMS measures the peak value of the voltage drop on the shunt resistance; the MakeApp then calculates the effective value of the current based on a multiplication factor entered by the user, which takes into account the value of the shunt resistance and any transformation ratio of the current probe used. The multiplication factor is given by:

    Where Tr is the transformation ratio of the current probe and is the value (Ω) of the shunt resistance used. The default value is 100 Ω.

    N.B. To measure alternating currents at higher intensity or voltage, it is necessary to combine the RMS with an appropriate current probe.

  • Applications

    Power Supplies
    Test Equipment
    Battery Chargers
    Appliances monitoring
    Predictive maintenance

  • MakeApp View

    When the RMS is connected to your BLE-B, the MakeApp will show the effective current value, the mains voltage (inserted by the user), and the relative power value.

BUZ
attuatore-buz
  • Description

    The BUZ Blebrick is an actuator brick including a buzzer and a two-color LED for audio-visive signalling.

  • Configurability

    The user can set the buzzer tone, the LED color, and choose among different sound patterns.

  • Parameters

    Dimensions (naked): 22.5 mm x 22.5 mm
    Dimensions (packaged): 27 mm x 27 mm

  • MakeApp View

    When the BUZ is connected to your BLE-B, the MakeApp will show you the current buzzer status and tone.

    Tap on the “play” icon to play a continuous sound, or tap on one of the other buttons to play two short sounds or a single long sound with the selected tone.

    Tap on the BUZ icon to open the LED settings:

    From here you can see a feedback on the currently set color and eventually choose a new one.

VBR
attuatore VBR
  • Description

    The VBR Blebrick is an actuator brick including a vibration motor for tactile signalling.

  • Configurability

    The user can set the vibration intensity, and choose among different vibration patterns.

  • Parameters

    • Dimensions (naked): 22.5 mm x 22.5 mm
    • Dimensions (packaged): 27 mm x 27 mm

  • MakeApp View

    When the VBR is connected to your BLE-B, the MakeApp will show you the current vibration motor status.

    By moving the slider it is possible to change the vibration intensity.

    Tap on the “play” icon to turn on a continuous vibration, or tap on one of the other buttons to play two short vibrations or a single long vibration with the selected intensity.

WPL
attuatore wpl
  • Description

    The WPL Blebrick is an actuator brick including a colored high power LED for visive signalling.

  • Configurability

    The user can set the brightness of the high-power LED and choose between different light patterns.

  • Parameters

    • Dimensions (naked): 22.5 mm x 22.5 mm
    • Dimensions (packaged): 27 mm x 27 mm

  • MakeApp View

    When the WPL is connected to your BLE-B, the MakeApp will show you the current LED status.

    Tap on the switch to change the LED status (ON or OFF) or tap on one of the other buttons to make short or long blinks.

    By tapping on the WPL icon you can set the LED brightness.

IRT
attuatore irt
  • Description

    The IRT Blebrick is a 38 kHz infrared transmitter featuring a directive IR LED.

  • Configurability

    The user can set the message being sent, the transmission power and the transmission rate.

  • Parameters

    • Dimensions (naked): 22.5 mm x 22.5 mm
    • Dimensions (packaged): 27 mm x 27 mm

  • Additional notes

    The IRT Blebrick is meant to be used together with the IRR Blebrick to achieve long range infrared communication. Therefore, IRR and IRT have to be connected to two different BLE-Bs to be used.

  • MakeApp View

    When the IRT is connected to your BLE-B, the MakeApp will show you the message it is sending. You can change the representation from HEX to ASCII by tapping on the button.

    Tap on the IRT icon to access transmission settings.

    From here you can change the transmission power by moving the slider, set the transmission interval between two subsequent messages and change the message being sent.

REL
relè
  • Description

    The REL Blebrick is an actuator brick including a bistable relay (concurrently handling two channels), two digital inputs and two digital outputs.

  • Configurability

    The relay and the two digital outputs can be switched on/off upon command, and it is possible to set toggling intervals for them as well (specifying the timings for both the “high” status and the “low” status). The two digital outputs can generate PWM signals with configurable duty-cycles, while the relay do not provide such feature.

    It is possible to set the sampling interval for the two digital inputs.

  • LED

    The RGB LED is progressively lit up to notify power on.
    It then blinks green upon relay circuit closing and red upon relay circuit opening.

  • Digital inputs

    By activating the digital inputs reading, the user can read their respective values.

  • Parameters

    Dimensions (naked): 32.5 mm x 32.5 mm
    Dimensions (packaged): 37 mm x 37 mm

    Maximum power: 60 W

  • Applications

    Motor control
    Domotic
    Smart appliances
    Automotive
    Smart industry

  • MakeApp View

    When the REL is connected to your BLE-B, the MakeApp will show you the current relay status.

    Tap over the switch to change the relay status (open or closed).

RPS
batteria rps
  • Description

    The RPS Blebrick is a single-position mounting base brick including a Li-Po / Li-Ion micro-USB (Type B) battery charger.

  • Usage

    It is possible to use it to supply power to other Blebricks either using a Li-Po / Li-Ion battery or using a 5 VDC power supply connected through the micro-USB (Type B) port.

    Such brick is also able to properly charge Li-Po / Li-Ion batteries.

  • Parameters

    Dimensions (naked): 22.5 mm x 22.5 mm
    Dimensions (packaged): 27 mm x 27 mm

    Output voltage: 3.0 V
    Maximum input voltage (USB): 5.0 V

  • LED

    When only the battery is plugged in, the LED is turned off.
    When only the micro-USB 5VDC power source is plugged in, the green LED is turned on.
    When both the battery and the micro-USB 5VDC power source are connected, the green LED is always on, while the red LED is on only during battery charging.

  • Included Li-Po battery

    Dimensions: 12 mm x 22 mm x 6 mm

    Capacity: 80 mAh
    Maximum continuous discharge current: 80 mA
    Temperature ranges: 0 to +45°C (charge); -20°C to +60°C (discharge)
    Humidity range: 65% ±20% r.H.

SPS
batteria SPS
  • Description

    The SPS Blebrick is a single-position mounting base brick including a coin cell (CR1632) battery holder.

  • Usage

    It is possible to use it to supply power to other Blebricks. However it is recommended to use it only for low power applications since the battery cannot be recharged and will have to be replaced when empty.

  • Parameters

    Dimensions (naked): 22.5 mm x 22.5 mm
    Dimensions (packaged): 27 mm x 27 mm

    Output voltage: 3.0 V

  • Included CR1632 battery

    Dimensions: 16 mm x 3.2 mm

    Capacity: 120 mAh
    Temperature range: -30 °C to +70 °C

  • Recommendations

    Please be sure to place the battery in the correct position, i.e. the upper side shall be the positive side.

    Please note that if you are using the BLE-B with a fast advertising interval (i.e. < 1 s), or with any observing interval it is recommended to take in account a different kind of power supply.

XPS
XPS Expert
  • Description

    The XPS Blebrick supports AA batteries with any chemistry (alkaline, lithium-thionyl chloride etc.) and any additional source from 0,8 Vdc to 6 Vdc.
    It also support solar cell panels up to 6V, that can be used together with a rechargeable 3,6 V back-up battery.

  • Usage

    The XPS Blebricks features two operating modes:
    1) Power supply mode with battery or any external source (from 0,8 V dc to 6 V dc) connected to Blebricks
    2) Battery charger mode when the external source (such as solar panel) is used to charge a back-up rechargeable battery.

  • Parameters

    Dimensions (Expert): 90 mm x 20 mm

    Supply voltage: 0,85 V – 6 V
    Output voltage: 3 V
    Max current consumption: 300 mA
    Operating temperature range: – 40 + 125°C

  • Additional notes

    The device operates by default in power supply mode. In order to activate external sources input (e.g. solar panels), the R16, R17, R18 and R19 jumpers shall be opened, and R4, R5 and R7 shall be activated.

    Please note that this Blebricks is only available in expert (naked) version.

PCB
base pcb
  • Description

    The PCB Blebrick is a single-position mounting base including through-hole pads to provide the user with a Blebricks sized breadboard.
    Such brick allows the expert user to experiment the assembly of discrete components such as buttons, switches, LEDs, analogue sensors etc.

  • Parameters

    Dimensions (naked): 22.5 mm x 22.5 mm
    Dimensions (packaged): 27 mm x 27 mm

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