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Check out this successfully Kickstarted FCC and CE certified IEEE 802.15.4 modem suitable for Arduino, Raspberry Pi, BeagleBone, and other embedded systems. The designers describe it as “a drop-in wireless link that can be plugged right into an Arduino without a shield,” and are now able to offer it for sale over at Colorado Micro Devices:

The Colorado Micro Devices RadioBlock is an IEEE 802.15.4 FCC and CE certified wireless modem. It has a simple UART interface to make it easy to drop into your end product or to experiment with. A standard 100 mil pin spaced header means you can plug it right into many common boards: Arduino, Raspberry Pi, BeagleBone, it’s easy – No special pin configuration or adapter board needed! If you can connect RXd, TXd, Power and GND, you are ready to unplug and go wireless. It has an onboard regulator so it is 5V tolerant for boards with 5V IO. To make it even easier we’ve written a simple wireless mesh network we call SimpleMesh. SimpleMesh automatically routes your data to the node you address and we’ve created Arduino and C libraries for you so you can spend your time on your app and not on networking. Since these stacks are open source you don’t need anyone’s permission to to hack them….

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  1. I see that the code is open sourced, but is the hardware under an open license as well? I couldn’t find any of the schematic files from their site and the Kickstarter page makes no mention of it.

  2. I’d like to see a Bluetooth Low Energy peripheral with uart infc: RxD TxD VDD Gnd.
    No meshing protocol required.
    My phone already has BLE.

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