BLE Sensor Tag Demo Module for Android/iOS - Review

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RoadTest: BLE Sensor Tag Demo Module for Android/iOS

Author: chsch5

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Evaluation Type: Development Boards & Tools

Did you receive all parts the manufacturer stated would be included in the package?: True

What other parts do you consider comparable to this product?: Adafruit MCP9808 High Accuracy I2C Temperature Sensor Breakout Board.

What were the biggest problems encountered?: Compatibility with major open source systems such as raspberry Pi and Arduino was unsupported and hard to use.

Detailed Review:

When I received the product, it took a while to find a battery to fit this module. I am writing this review late due to the the scarce amount of support documentation and debugging information regarding the product. With what I had to work with, there was an Android and iOS application available to display sensor readings. After finally getting my Arduino to connect to the Bluetooth client and recognize input from the TE Sensor Tag, I was able to draw real time information and perform intended IoT automation tasks. From a developer standpoint, this tag is definitely workable and usable if you're willing to put in the detective work to make it cooperate. In terms of using it for an educational aspect or getting into smart sensor devices, it does not seem to be the most intro-friendly sensor tag. Other products such as the Adafruit Industries MCP9808 High Accuracy I2C Temperature Sensor Breakout Board are much easier to work with out of the box. If this product had better documentation and support (and possibly an opensourced application/API), it would have been much easier to figure out and integrate into an actual project. Nevertheless, the product works and does what it says it will do. image