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App Inventor Micro:bit

Display the temperature of the internal sensor of the Micro: bit in the smartphone

Micro:bit is a small, programmable computer that is designed to be easy to use for beginners. It has a variety of inputs and outputs, including a built-in Bluetooth module, which allows it to communicate wirelessly with other devices such as smartphones and tablets.

It is possible to send the temperature readings from a Micro:bit to a smartphone via Bluetooth. Here’s a general outline of the steps you would need to take:

  1. Program the Micro:bit to act as a Bluetooth peripheral, so that it can be discovered and connected to by other devices.
  2. Create a smartphone app that can discover and connect to nearby Bluetooth devices, and then receive temperature data from the Micro:bit.
  3. Once the Micro:bit is connected to the smartphone, you can use the app to receive temperature data from the Micro:bit.

Purpose of this tutorial:

In this tutorial we will see how to send the temperature value of the sensor from the Micro:bit card to the smarthpone via Bluetooth.

This is why we are going to create two programs: a mobile application with App Inventor for the smartphone and a makecode program for the Micro:bit card.

Necessary Components

Micro:bit

The micro:bit is a small, low-cost computer designed for educational use, particularly in the fields of computer science and engineering. It is about the size of a credit card and can be programmed using a variety of languages, including Python, JavaScript, and Microsoft Block Editor. The device features a small LED matrix display, two buttons, a built-in accelerometer, and a radio module for wireless communication. The micro:bit is intended to be used as a tool for teaching children how to code and how to create their own digital devices and projects.

Makecode program

Here is the makecode program which allows you to connect the Micro: bit card to the smartphone and send a message containing the temperature value by bluetooth.

Creation of the application with App Inventor:

We are going to create a mobile application named ‘receive_temperature’ with App Inventor which allows you to receive a message from the Micro:bit card.

We propose to create the design of the application, with the following visual:

Programming with App Inventor

To program the application, App Inventor offers us to use the Blocks space, which allows you to create a program in the form of a block diagram. Very easy to use but requiring a little programming logic.

Here is the program of the application created in the Blocks area of ​​the Inventor App:

Remark:

After installing the mobile application on your Smartphone, follow these steps to connect to the Micro:bit card:

  1. Click on the ‘scan‘ button
  2. After finding the Micro:bit card, Click on the ‘Stop Scan’ button
  3. Tap the name of the Micro:bit card
  4. Finally click on the ‘connect’ button

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