Bluetooth® Mesh was specifically created to fulfill the demands of commercial and industrial environments, prioritizing ease of deployment, high performance, and robust security. Also designed to eliminate the need for specialized engineering expertise, installers can use applications that communicate directly with nodes on a Bluetooth Mesh network, thanks to Bluetooth technology being native in 100 percent of new smartphones and tablets. It is for these reasons that YUKAI Engineering, specializing in robot and hardware development, just released a development kit designed for device control and data collection utilizing the latest in Bluetooth technology: konashi 5.
I recently had an opportunity to speak with Mr. Takeshi Sagisaka from YUKAI Engineering about the development of this kit, designed to usher the world into a new era, courtesy of Bluetooth technology.
Q&A With Takeshi Sagisaka From YUKAI Engineering
How does this solution utilize Bluetooth Mesh?
konashi 5 features not only Bluetooth® capabilities but also temperature, humidity, pressure, and acceleration/gyro sensor modules. By utilizing multi-hop Bluetooth Mesh communication alongside single-hop Bluetooth communication, it can extend the reach sensor data to greater distances and collect data from multiple points and in high-density scenarios. Additionally, konashi 5 comes with a customizable interface, allowing users to add additional sensors as desired and connect with other products. This flexibility makes it suitable for various Bluetooth product development purposes.
Why did you choose Bluetooth Mesh over other wireless technologies?
First launched in 2012, the concept behind konashi was to enable software engineers to easily create on their own. While other low-power wireless technologies like Thread can achieve mesh-type long-distance communication, there were challenges in that they could not connect directly with smartphones on their own. That is one of the advantages of Bluetooth Mesh, and we believe that the technology has reached a point where it is simply easier to create mesh networks with Bluetooth Mesh than any other wireless option.