This is a pretty interesting new type of technology.
These modules have a PIR sensor so they would be great for detecting warm bodies. We have a couple of cats that have lots of places in the house they like to hang out. They are not always easy to find, so these modules could be set up to detect the last area where a cat was in proximity to provide rough location tracking.
They could also be used to figure out how much time they spend in given locations every day - their favorites seem to vary. Sometimes they chase each other around and it would be interesting to know how often this occurs.
Cat behavior may not be world news, but it seems to be interesting to a lot of people.
Dogs will often sit by a window waiting for an owner to come home. Cats sometimes do this too, but it is not clear how often they do it.
More generally, monitoring animal behavior is a topic of study for lots of scientists, so learning about relevant instrumentation is also of interest.
This isn't an application at this point - just speculating on a possible application in case it inspires others.
It would be better if some modules to be provided as well.
Fast deplyment would be even challenging.
It's time to finally put on that BLE-enabled 9-DOF module you've always wanted to try out as a wearable, and track how bad you are at dancing around the house while listening to music and doing the household chores like dusting or vacuuming. It might even spin off a whole new household chore sports-science profession - or at least it might help medically like evaluating body position dynamics to detect risk of back strain etc. which is a common complaint for the elderly. Who knows, as the Cypress device is a dual-mode Bluetooth (BLE/BR/EDR) module you may be able to have the music (using Bluetooth speakers) follow you too...
Certainly, it would interesting to see how handover works and to see the case where you've connected a BLE module like a phone or wearable to the BLE mesh and then it handles data transfer seamlessly.
We needed these 3 years ago when we were taking accelerometer data on foot bridges in Nepal.
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Interesting to see that another engineering design portal is offering good prize money for best idea implementation using this same product. Idea submission phase just opened: May 13th – June 7th
It would be interesting to see how well a Bluetooth mesh would work in a two story multi room house. I know that Bluetooth 5.0 has improved range but I wonder what kind of coverage you could get with only 4 nodes. I switched to using Zwave devices for home automation to get away from frequency interference with WIFi and Bluetooth.
Bluetooth mesh networking is seeing growing adoption in smart homes. It could very well become the go-to communications protocol for the potentially huge home-sweet-smart-home market. So, it was only a matter of time that element14 would roadtest a Bluetooth Mesh EVK. And, here it is: the Cypress Semiconductor's EZ-BT™ Module Mesh Evaluation Kit.
I just got 5 kits sent to me. I opened up the shipping box and kits were protected by a lot of bubble wrap. I examined the kits. Each kit has 4 boards and they are packaged in a plastic protective casing. The kit enables the evaluation of SIG mesh functionality using the EZ-BT Bluetooth 5.0-qualified module CYBT-213043-02.
The CYBT-213043-02, EZ-BT module is an integrated, fully-certified, 12.0 mm x 16.61 mm x 1.70 mm, programmable dual-mode Bluetooth (BLE/BR/EDR) module with BLE mesh support designed to reduce time-to-market.
The CYBT-213043-02 module utilizes the Cypress CYW20819 silicon device. CYW20819 is an ultra-low-power (ULP) and highly integrated dual-mode Bluetooth 5.0 qualified device. The CYW20819’s low-power and integration capability addresses the requirements of both battery- and wall-powered applications that require BLE mesh, such as sensor nodes, locks, lighting, blind controllers, asset tracking, and many more Smart Home applications.
Each mesh board includes the following:
- CYBT-213043-02 certified module based on CYW20819
- Sensors - Thermistor, Ambient Light Sensor (ALS) and PIR motion sensor
- RGB LED
- User switch
- Power measurement jumper
- Coin-cell battery holder (battery is not included in the kit)
- Option to select between USB power and coin-cell as power source
- On-board programmer and USB-UART bridge
Here's a link to the getting started guide for this kit.
So, what would you do to roadtest this kit? How would you use the benefits of bluetooth mesh networking in your home automation solutions?
Tell me, I'd like to know! Please leave comments below.