Bluescripts makes Bluetooth control from Android a bit easier

Here’s a way to gain control of your projects using an Android device. Bluescripts is a free app available in the Android market that makes it a bit easier to make interfaces to send customizable messages. If you have a Bluetooth receiver in your project, connecting to it is as easy as putting the MAC address into an XML file on the Android device. Each tag in that file has a name, as well as the address of the target and the message that should be sent. On the receiving end, you just need to make sure your project hardware is ready to receive an ASCII message and act based on what comes through.

Check out the demonstration video after the break. Perhaps it’s not as cool as you could do if you were writing your own Android program, but we can’t think of anything we’ve seen that makes an Android interface this quick and easy.

Comments

  1. Colecago says:

    You’re right, it is cooler to write your own android program. But if you are going to promote your android programming series in all these bluetooth posts, maybe finish your freaking android bluetooth tutorial which was talked about in the tutorial series.

    For the rest of us
    http://www.elecfreaks.com/677.html
    is a good reference
    and there was a bluetooth android car hack back in the day that had a enough example code to get started.

  2. Brian says:

    Thanks for posting it! I hope it helps some people!

  3. Brian says:

    @Colecago the program is open source so you are free to do whatever you want with it. Permissive license… It is more complex than the elecfreaks code, the SDK has a significant amount of info on the Bluetooth API as well…

  4. Colecago says:

    @Brian
    No I was complaining about Hackaday, several times they have commented in bluetooth posts about following their tutorial series to write your own bluetooth apps, but the series stops before it gets that advanced. It does talk about an advanced series of tutorials to cover that, but such a series has not surfaced yet.

  5. epokh says:

    Well, there is indeed a more advanced solution for bluetooth interfaces, is called Amarino.
    http://www.amarino-toolkit.net/

  6. Spiralbrain says:

    very impressive!
    This is perhaps the simplest way to connect diy bluetooth enabled devices to android. all up and running in a few minutes.

  7. Brian says:

    @epokh, you may wish to look at MDFly’s bluetooth module. It is superficially the same one as Sure but half of the price. Also other eBay stores have them for as little as 6.50.

  8. Brian says:

    @epokh, by look I meant add to your page about the bluetooth module sources :-) sorry!

  9. Brian says:

    @ Spiralbrain, Thanks!

  10. Corey says:

    I recently came upon this post, i was thinking of trying something similar with an RC car. I have a decenter tutorial here >>http://www.instructables.com/id/Android-RC-Car/#step1… Basically i want to write the application myself, so if i were to follow the steps on there, get the micro controller and bluetooth set. I should be able to use the bluetooth shell to start writing commands right? Then build my application?
    Thanks

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