My question might be simple and maybe it has been answered in other threads, but my limited knowledge in regards to arduino, bluetooth, programming and electronics is making it hard for me to understand the level of discussion occuring in the other threads.
I’m studying a semester of Interaction Design where our latest module has been revolving around prototyping. My group and I have created a wearable device with LEDs attached to an Arduino Nano 33 BLE Sense.
We’ve programmed a sktech in Processing that is connected to the Arduino, so that the LED’s are controlled through the Processing-console.
To really get a feel of the wearable’s mobility we were talking about using a power-bank as power-source for the Arduino, and then instead of having the Arduino connected to the laptop through usb-cable having it connected through Bluetooth.
I was hoping that it would be as easy to connect the Arduino via bluetooth to the laptop, as pairing a speaker to a smartphone. You just power on the bluetooth and then search for bluetooth-units on the laptop and find the Arduino. Is this the case and I’m just missing a step somewhere? Because I can’t find the Arduino when searching for Bluetooth-devices.
Or do I need to dive deep into the BLE-world of Arduino and program every data-transfer?
Below you can find a rough schematic.
Index for schematic:
- Laptop that is running Processing-code that controlls the LED through serial communication.
- USB-cable between the Arduino Nano 33 BLE sense and the Laptop.
- The Arduino Nano 33 BLE sense
- The LED
- The power-bank that is now powering the LED.
- Bluetooth-symbol indicating that it has replaced the USB-Cable