I’m working on a demo that involves streaming Sphero data through the Azure IoT stack. I got my Sphero SPRK+ last week and quickly discovered that it only has Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) enabled and not regular Bluetooth. So, I couldn’t get it to connect to my Windows or OSX machines because they don’t have a BLE chipset. I suspect that Sphero will push Bluetooth support via a firmware update later this fall. Until then, you can do the following to code against your SPRK+ using a Raspberry Pi 3, which ships with BLE.
Get a Raspberry Pi 3 and plug it in. Monitor, keyboard, mouse, network cable.
Get a Sphero SPRK+ and plug it in.
Flash Raspbian Jessie onto a MicroSD card and boot up your RPI3. Use this blog post if you need help with this step.
This is helpful for accessing the RPI3 from your desktop. This step isn’t required if you want to control RPI3 using locally keyboard and mouse.
Install on Desktop: http://www.tightvnc.com/download.php
Install on RPI3: https://www.raspberrypi.org/documentation/remote-access/vnc/
Use the following to start VNC Server on your RPI3
Use the following to get your RPI3 IP Address.
Then use that IP when connecting from your desktop
It will be named SK-XXXX.
You will need to click OK on your RPI3 here:
You might see this…ignore it.
Run this in Terminal
Copy the SPRK+ BLE Address. You will need it later.
Follow instructions in this blog post to get Node.js onto the RPI3
sudo npm install sphero
You can ignore any errors you get with the noble install
Open the sphero.js file and change the BLE Address to your SPRK+ BLE Address
sudo node sphero.js