Establish a Bluetooth Link Between an Arduino & Windows 8.1, 10 App [How to]

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A recent posting from Microsoft’s Developer Network explains how to to establish a serial Bluetooth link between an Arduino and a Windows 8.1 app so you could send simple or more advanced commands
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If you are a developer looking to learn how to establish a Bluetooth link between an Arduino device and a Windows 8.1 app that you’re creating, then you’re in luck as Microsoft has just shared some precious advices on that. Shared on the highly resourceful Channel9, the guide to create a Bluetooth communication between Arduino and Windows 8.1 has been made available for download in C# and C++ (link at the end).

To be able to test the code, you will need an Arduino with Bluetooth capabilities, like Arduino Uno R3 and a JY-MCU Bluetooth module and also a Windows 8.1 device with Bluetooth capabilities. You could also attach a Bluetooth dongle if it lacks Bluetooth on its own. You will then set up the Arduino with a Bluetooth module, two LEDs and a potentiometer, as seen in this Youtube video.

Communication with the Bluetooth module is accomplished using the SoftwareSerial.h library. The Windows 8.1 app has to declare Bluetooth serial communication capabilities in Package.appxmanifest: To deploy the Arduino code with VisualMicro, right click the Project in the Solution Explorer and select Debug\Start new instance. When the Windows 8.1 app starts, you can establish a connection and control the LEDs.

Follow the link from below to download the full guide and see the entire guide on Microsoft’s Developer Network.

Download Bluetooth communication between Arduino and Windows 8.1 guide

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