Connect Bluetooth Headset Or Speaker

In this post, I’ll share with you the final solution that lets you connect your Bluetooth headset or speaker to Raspberry Pi 3.
You’ll be able to use both output speaker and input microphone.

By the way, thanks to the people who kept me updated in the comments, it was a long journey together (:

Firstly, let me sum up the root causes of this long time problem:

  1. Drop-out of ALSA support in Bluez v5 (replaced by PulseAudio).
  2. Unavailability of correct PulseAudio version for Raspbian Jessie.
  3. Incorrect audio rooting SCO-HCI for the Bluetooth chip BCM43438.

I solved the issues 1 and 2, but I couldn’t find a good solution for 3. For issues 1 and 2, I found how to install manually PulseAudio, with code sources, or using Debian backports. For issue 3, I used a BT-USB dongle that bypassed the internal Bluetooth chip and let me use A2DP and HSP profiles.

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Connecting ‘Xbox Controllers’ to the Raspberry Pi

If you have ever tried to use an Xbox controller with the Raspberry Pi, you will find very quickly that they do not work correctly right out of the box. In fact to get them working you will be required to install a special driver.

With the newer Xbox One controllers that feature the Bluetooth functionality, you will also find that they will need extra work on top of the driver installation to get them to run. Namely, they are not properly supported by some of the Bluetooth functionality that is switched on by default.

This guide will show you how to get your Xbox Controllers up and running on the Raspberry Pi, while also walking you through how to get the newer Bluetooth enabled controllers to pair successfully on the Pi.Read More

Using PlayStation3 Controllers with the Raspberry Pi

If you have ever tried to utilize a PlayStation controller with the Raspberry Pi, you may have found it’s not very simple to do. The Raspberry Pi PlayStation controller guide will walk you through the process of setting up and connecting both PlayStation3 controllers and PlayStation4 controllers.

For PlayStation3 (PS3) controllers,I show you how to install the Six-pair Software and utilize it to set up your PS3 controller so it can connect to whatever Bluetooth device you are using on your Raspberry Pi.

In this PS4 controller tutorial we walk you through the process of pairing it with the Raspberry Pi’s Bluetooth and also offer alternative solutions if your controller doesn’t work with the standard Bluetooth stack. You can also set up Xbox controllers on the Raspberry Pi, as well as several other types of game controllers.

Setting up controllers is the perfect way to have your Pi ready to play some games. You might also be interested in using the controllers in other Raspberry Pi projects that make use of a gamepad.Read More

Controlling Raspberry Pi GPIO using Android App

Raspberry Pi is very popular for IoT projects because of its seamless ability of wireless communication over internet. Raspberry Pi 3 has inbuilt Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and Bluetooth is a very popular wireless communication Protocol. So today we are going to Control Raspberry Pi GPIO Pin through an Android app using Bluetooth.

Here we are using Raspberry 2 Pi Model B which don’t have inbuilt Bluetooth, so we are using a simple USB Bluetooth dongle. Apart from that we only need a resistor (220R) and a LED to demonstrate the GPIO controlling. Here we are using RFCOMM Bluetooth protocol for wireless communication.

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