Philips Lighting and Google Join Board of Bluetooth SIG

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has appointed representatives from Philips Lighting and Google to its board of directors. Ruud von Bokhorst and Martin Turon began serving their two-year board terms on July 1, 2017. The Bluetooth SIG Board of Directors is responsible for the management of the Bluetooth SIG, and has played a vital role in growing Bluetooth technology into the global wireless standard for simple, secure connectivity, shipping more the 3 billion products each year.

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Ruud van Bokhorst manages the Wireless Networks Program within Philips Lighting – Standards & Regulations, and is responsible for the wireless network standardization roadmap within the Philips Lighting Innovation sector. Over the course of his career, van Bokhorst has had the opportunity to lead change processes, negotiate Philips’ interests with competitors, steer teams of experts, and build bridges between various disciplines, nationalities, and cultures. In addition to his new role within the Bluetooth SIG, van Bokhorst serves in leadership positions in Lighting and Building Automation Standardization organizations, including Secretary General of the Fairhair Alliance and General Manager of the new organization for DÃLI technology (DiiA).

Martin Turon is a Wireless Architect at Google and Nest Labs focusing on Internet of Things platforms and embedded low-power wireless products. Martin has more than 13 years of experience in the development of wireless sensor network products and standards, and has pioneered commercialization of the technology in the asset tracking, environmental monitoring, structural monitoring, and smart home verticals.

With these new appointments, the Bluetooth SIG board now consists of the following member companies; Apple, AwoX, Ericsson, Google, Intel, Lenovo, Microsoft, Nokia, Philips Lighting, Polar, and Toshiba.

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Arduino USB Host Shield

The Arduino USB Host Shield allows you to connect a USB device to your Arduino board. The Arduino USB Host Shield is based on the MAX3421E, which is a USB peripheral/host controller containing the digital logic and analog circuitry necessary to implement a full-speed USB peripheral or a full-/low-speed host compliant to USB specification rev 2.0.ArduinoHostshield

The shield is TinkerKit compatible, which means you can quickly create projects by plugging TinkerKit modules onto the board. The following device classes are supported by the shield:

  • HID devices: keyboards, mice, joysticks, etc.
  • Game controllers: Sony PS3, Nintendo Wii, Xbox360
  • USB to serial converters: FTDI, PL-2303, ACM, as well as certain cell phones and GPS receivers
  • ADK-capable Android phones and tables
  • Digital cameras: Canon EOS, Powershot, Nikon DSLRs and P&S, as well as generic PTP
  • Mass storage devices: USB sticks, memory card readers, external hard drives, etc.
  • Bluetooth dongles

For information on using the shield with the Android OS, refer to Google’s ADK documentation. Arduino communicates with the MAX3421E using the SPI bus (through the ICSP header). This is on digital pins 10, 11, 12, and 13 on the Uno and pins 10, 50, 51, and 52 on the Mega. On both boards, pin 10 is used to select the MAX3421E.

[Source: Arduino website via Elektor]