IoT Hands-on: The latest Insider preview of Windows 10 IoT Core for RaspBerry Pi 3 does not support Bluetooth.
Everybody talks IoT and how it will change the world. Going hands-on shows that it is still going to be a long way. Take for instance Microsoft's Windows 10 IoT Core operating system. After already supporting the Raspberry Pi 2, Microsoft made Win 10 IoT available for Windows Insiders that runs on the Raspberry Pi 3.
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The Pi 3 is a great little ARM based computer that has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth onboard. When Microsoft released the first version of Windows 10 IoT Core for the Pi 3 they made right away clear that the onboard Wi-Fi and Bluetooth chips are not supported. Developers need to get one of the supported USB dongles (see list). The onboard support for Bluetooth and Wi-Fi will be in a future release.
I got me a CSR Mini USB Bluetooth V4.0 Adapter to be able to connect the classic Ti SensorTag CC2541 and start processing sensor data like temperature. Windows 10 IoT Core recognizes the USB dongle, but I can't use it. Why? Because Microsoft removed the app that is needed to pair Bluetooth devices that require a pin.
The IoTBluetoothPairing.exe, usually found in C:\Windows\System32\, is missing in Windows 10 IoT Core build 10.0.14295.1000. The release notes for 14295 build make no mention about Bluetooth at all.
I am stuck now until Microsoft will include the Bluetooth pairing app again. There is no schedule on when a new Windows 10 IoT Core build is coming.
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