Pi3 with WiFi & Bluetooth, 64 bit - Implications & Opportunities

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Pi3 with WiFi & Bluetooth, 64 bit - Implications & Opportunities

The new Pi3 will have WiFi and Bluetooth LE and maybe a 64 bit CPU. http://www.cnx-software.com/2016/02/27/raspberry-pi-3-model-b-board-adds...

There are implications for Hivetool;
How might we capitalize on the Bluetooth provision?
Perhaps this will facilitate the Apiary data aggregation model, where one Pi routes the data and handles the internet traffic, web-server etc.
This may open possibilities for a smartphone and tablet user interface?
Will 64 bit mean more capable video?

What are the challenges?
The new WiFi/BT will likely have limited range using a "chip antenna", don't expect external antenna provisions, will it reach the AP.
Will the power consumption increase yet again?
How will the sensor daughter board be impacted by the Pi3, not just physical interference.
Expect a formal press release as soon as next week followed by an article in MagPi.


Paul's picture
Orange Pi
Pi3 now available - Bluetooth LE sensor possibilities

The Pi3 supports Bluetooth Low Energy which should enable connecting low power BT LE sensors with an onboard LI button cell battery.
This is great for slow changing parameters like weight, temp, humidity and lumens. The benefit is elimination of cables, connectors and ability to position sensors for multiple hives anywhere in the apiary. The data back-haul to the cloud will likely still be WiFi.
The Pi3 requires more power, however an A+ version will be available which may offer reduced power, offset by elimination of USB and Ethernet. We still need a low power Pi mode, maybe an intelligent RTC to wake the Pi up every five minutes?
BLE Sensors are already available albeit expensive. ref. https://mbientlab.com/metawear/
One new challenge will be sensor battery life.

Adrian Ogden

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Bluetooth LE

I'd see the BLE as a good way to create a mesh of Pi3's for multiple hives with one of the Pi3's being designated as a gateway device so we'd only have one 3g or wifi connection per apiary.

For totally wireless sensors, the cost and battery life are likely going to be prohibitive for quite some time. the BLE boards you found look like what you'd use for making your own fitbit... and that class device has to be charged every few days. If you could just power it with honey

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Any news in Pi3 or Orange Pi?

Have anyone tested this new boards?
What I have heard is that the BLE and Wifi module on Pi3 is USB connected, that they probably would be able to turn on and off by turing USB port on and off to save power

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