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The Chemical Educator

ISSN: 1430-4171 (electronic version)

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Abstract Volume 23 (2018) pp 145-148

Bluetooth LE in the Laboratory

Eugene T. Smith* and Marc Hill

Honors College, Florida Atlantic University, Jupiter, FL,
Received May 8, 2018. Accepted June 5, 2018.

Published: 24 July 2018

Abstract. A need exists in the laboratory for the wireless transmission of data between instruments and safely located computers. This article describes how to establish communication between the latest and most widely used PC operating system (Windows 10) and wireless technology (Bluetooth LE) using open source resources. Specifically, an HM-10 Bluetooth 4.0 BLE is used to transmit information between a microcontroller development board and a PC. This setup allows chemists to develop instruments or collect data without concern of chemical spills on computers or computer cables.

Key Words: Laboratories and Demonstrations; analytical chemistry

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Supporting Materials:

One supporting file is available that contains (a) C# code for Windows, (b) C++ code for the mbed microcontroller, and (c) VBA code for MS Excel. (61 KB)

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