DevBoard Watch: Smartphone control of your home network with CSRmesh

CSRmesh Dev Board

CSRmesh Dev Board

I’ve said before that devkits are like London buses – when you’re waiting, two of them come along together. Well, having flagged Microsoft’s Sharks Cove, I should also mention a new development kit from CSR.

It’s the CSRmesh Development Kit, maybe one for Gadget Masters looking to add that extra element of Smartphone-controlled automation to their home network. A Bluetooth Smart implementation of a (flood) mesh network.

Bluetooth Smart is used to send messages to nodes in the network, which in turn can relay them onward. Note that individual devices or groups of devices can be addressed, and devices can also belong to multiple groups.

You might, for example, control individual lights or set different colours for different areas of the room such as front, middle and back, on the basis of grouping.

“We are seeing Bluetooth Smart underpinning many more products as the Internet-of-Things shifts from concept to reality,” says Rick Walker, Marketing Manager for IoT at CSR.

“By launching the CSRmesh Development Kit we are equipping developers with the tools they need to innovate and take advantage of the many opportunities offered by the IoT. We are helping them to bring networked devices to market as quickly and simply as possible.”

The CSRmesh Development Kit includes:

  • 3x CSRmesh Bluetooth Smart development boards
  • 1x USB programmer
  • Batteries
  • Setup Guide with example networked lighting applications

Available from distributors, the kit costs £175 and additional CSRmesh development boards can be purchased, for fuller mesh effect testing.

“Unlike other home automation connectivity solutions, such as Zigbee or Z-Wave, CSR Mesh ensures direct control from mobile devices anywhere in the home, because it doesn’t have a limited range or require a hub,” said Anthony Murray, Senior Vice President, Business Group at CSR, back in February.

“CSR is committed to driving Internet of Things innovation. We believe this Bluetooth Smart solution will be a real game changer for developers because it means they don’t have to turn to proprietary solutions or add anything else to create products that give consumers what they want – complete home automation they can control from anywhere that ‘just works’.”

More information on the CSRmesh Bluetooth Smart development kit can be found at forum.csr.com and WiKi.csr.com.

Tags: CSR, CSRmesh, dev board, home automation

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