Apr 04, 2016 - 1 Comments - Interactive systems, Music -

BlueMO: a Bluetooth LE to MIDI and OSC translator for Mac OS X


BlueMO allows you to receive data from Adafruit’s Bluefruit boards or RFDuino and translate it into MIDI or OSC. The code is avaliable at GitHub here. (If you are interested in a compiled version, please email me.)

This project satisfies some very specific personal needs, but might be useful for similar applications. I augmented an electric guitar with some sensors, and then I needed to transmit theit output wirelessly to my Mac without the need of additional hardware. I opted for using an Adafruit’s Feather 32u4 Bluefruit LE (https://www.adafruit.com/products/2829) to collect sensor data and send it via Bluetooth LE. (It should also work with an RFDuino microcontroller (http://www.rfduino.com/).) BlueMO is written mostly in swift (my first try at OSX development). It uses some external libraries:

  • nRF8001 (https://github.com/MichMich/nRF8001-Swift): Originally intended for interfacing the Adafruit nRF8001 breakout with OSX (and iOS). After some hacking, I made it work with either Adafruit’s Feather 32u4 (and possibly other Bluefruits boards as well) and RFDuino.

I am also using Cocoapods to install and manage these libraries:

BlueMO expects packets of values separated by commas and delimited by the “|” character, so set your microcontroller accordingly. On the Mac side:

Install Cocoapods (Instructions here: https://guides.cocoapods.org/using/getting-started.html)
Clone the repository or download the source and unzip
In Terminal, go to the source directory and run “pod install”
Instead of opening the project directly with Xcode, also in the terminal run “open BlueMO.xcworkspace”
Compile, install, run, enjoy.

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