This example is showing how to control a GPIO pin on a RaspberryPi remotely from a smart phone
Home automation involves automating household environment equipment. To achieve that, we have created a smart bulb that can be controlled remotely using smart phone app. The aim of this project is to control different home appliances using smartphone at your home.
This example is showing how to control a GPIO pin on a RaspberryPi remotely from a smart phone (or another BleuIO Dongle).
For this example we will need:
- A RaspberryPi
- A BleuIO Dongle (https://www.bleuio.com/)
- Our example python script (https://github.com/smart-sensor-devices-ab/bleuio_rpi_switch_example)
- A way to connect to the GPIO Pin (Like a 5V Relay and a Lightbulb)
WARNING – THIS PROJECT INVOLVES HIGH VOLTAGES THAT CAN CAUSE SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH. PLEASE TAKE ALL NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS, AND TURN OFF ALL POWER TO A CIRCUIT BEFORE WORKING ON IT.
Connecting the relay
Always be very careful when experimenting with AC, electrical shock can result in serious injuries! NOTICE OF RISK; DISCLAIMER OF LIABILITY
Instructions for bleuio_rpi_switch_example.py
- Connect the BleuIO Dongle to your RaspberryPi.
- Edit the variable ‘switch’ in the script to the GPIO pin you want to use. (You can use the command pinout to get a graphical view showing you the GPIO pins for the board)
- Finally just run python script and and use your phone to connect to the BleuIO Dongle and send on/off messages to controll the GPIO!
Instructions for connecting to the BleuIO from mobile
- Download a BLE scanning App that can connect and read/write to a device. (Like nRFConnect or BLEScanner)
- Look for the dongle, it will be advertising as ‘BleuIO’.
- Connect to the BleuIO Dongle.
- To enable BleuIO to recieve commands you must first write 0x01 to the Flow Control characteristic (UUID: 0783b03e-8535-b5a0-7140-a304d2495cb9)
Now you can write to the Server RX Data characteristic (UUID: 0783b03e-8535-b5a0-7140-a304d2495cba) to control the GPIO.
“SW=1” for ON
“SW=0” for OFF
Here is the python script that receives the messages from smart phone app and helps control the light.
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import RPi.GPIO as io
switch = 7 # Edit this to suit your setup! (7 = GPIO 04), use command pinout to graphically show you the GPIO pins for the board
master_array = 
index = 1
dongle_port = ""
print("\nWelcome to BleuIO RaspberryPi Switch Example!\n")
print("\nPlease insert dongle...")
while len(master_array) == 0:
m_ports = serial.tools.list_ports.comports(include_links=False)
for port in m_ports:
master = port.device + " " + port.hwid
print("Found dongle in port: %s" % port.device)
dongle_port = port
for dongle in master_array:
print("\nConnecting to BleuIO @ %s\n" % dongle)
dongle_conn = serial.Serial(
if not dongle_conn.is_open:
read_tries = 0
dongle_resp = ""
while read_tries < 20:
dongle_resp = dongle_conn.readline().decode()
if "Not Advertising" in dongle_resp:
if b"Advertising\r\n" in dongle_resp.encode():
read_tries += 1
print("BleuIO is %s" % dongle_resp)
print("ERROR! No response...")
"Going into loop, waiting for signal to turn switch on/off...\n(Press Ctrl+C to abort)"
dongle_resp = dongle_conn.readline().decode()
if "SW=0" in dongle_resp:
print("Turn Switch off!")
if "SW=1" in dongle_resp:
print("Turn Switch on!")
except Exception as e:
print("(ERROR: %s)" % (e))
We have tested the script using nRFConnect app from both IOS and Android phone to turn on/off the light bulb. Here is the output of this project.