Cortado – connecting physical things to the digital world

The Atmel-powered (ATmega328P) Cortado is designed to easily connect physical devices to the digital world. Targeted at Makers and developers, the Cortado can be wirelessly programmed with Arduino sketches across a number of popular platforms, including iOS, Android, Mac (OS X) and Windows. Meaning, users can make, build and invent from any device, in any place.

“Since there are no wires needed to program it, you can build the Cortado right into your next project. Easily tweak a line of code even after finishing your enclosure. Grab a coffee and write some quick code without taking the Cortado out of your backpack,” a PunchThroughDesign rep wrote in a recent blog post.

“An RGB LED and three-axis accelerometer enable thousands of applications without requiring any modifications. Create a motion alarm to warn you if someone moves your bike. Get wireless notifications for text messages, emails, and Facebook posts. Build an iPhone-controlled Nerf gun turret. The possibilities are endless.”

On the software side, users are encouraged to interact with the Cortado via the specially coded LightBlue app.

“Scan for all nearby devices and connect without ever having to navigate complicated settings. Or go a step further and write an app on your favorite platform. Making a smart phone accessory has never been this easy,” the PunchThroughDesign rep explained.

“LightBlue can connect to any Bluetooth LE peripherals, but when connected to Cortado it offers a simple UI customized to the Cortado’s functions. Or if you prefer to view the actual characteristics, you can return to the classic view. Interacting with hardware is now as close as your favorite smartphone or tablet.”

Aside from Atmel’s ATmega328P microcontroller (MCU), key Cortado specs include:

  • Three-axis accelerometer
  • RGB LED
  • 4 PWM pins, 2 Analog inputs, 8 GPIO
  • I2C and SPI Hardware Peripherals
  • Coin cell battery
  • Battery life exceeding one year for low power applications
  • Daisy chain for extended range >100ft (30.5m)
  • Protoboard section
  • Adhesive backing

Interested in learning more? You can check out Cortado’s official page here.

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