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Grove - Node

Grove - Node is a simple and flexible electronic module to connect physical objects. It's based on the idea of IFTTT (IF-This-Then-That). It has two Grove connectors to access a variety of Grove modules. With pre-programming IFTTT firmware, it's easy to create physical objects with analog sensors and 0/1 actuators.

It integrates Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) which makes it extremely easy to interact with phones and tablets. To extend its usability, a DFU bootloader is built in to reprogram it Over-The-Air through BLE. It supports ARM mbed platform to write new firmware with hundreds of libraries.


  • IFTTT pattern to use

  • Two Grove connectors for sensors and actuators

    • Plug-Play with analog sensors and high/low actuators

      • Flexible 4 GPIOs, all can be used for PWM, ADC, I2C and UART
  • Nordic nRF51822 Multi-protocol Bluetooth® 4.0 low energy/2.4GHz RF SoC

    • ARM Cortex-M0 processor

      • 256kB flash, 16kB RAM
  • On board battery charge circuit

  • OTA firmware

  • mbed enabled

    • Online IDE

      • Easy to use C/C++ SDK

      • Handy libraries


  • Operating voltage: 3.3Vdc

  • Battery capacity: 80mAH

  • Maximum charge current: 100mA

  • Grove Interface supply Voltage:3.3V

  • Grove Interface supply Current: 100mA max

  • Grove Interface input Voltage:0~3.3V


Get Started

  • Turn On Grove Node

Connect Grove Node with a battery or a USB cable and then press its button, it will run.

  • Double Clicks - run its bootloader, the red LED will be on.

  • Otherwise - run its application, the green LED will blink.

  • Turn Off Grove Node
  • In bootloader mode - wait for a while to run into the application.

  • In application mode - long press the button wait until all LEDs are off

Get Started with Pre-programmed Firmware

First, we need an Input Grove module to sense the physical world. Pre-programmed firmware only supports an analog input sensor or 0/1 digital input sensor. The following Grove modules from Seeedstudio can be used as an Input:

Module nameParameter to measure
Grove - 80cm Infrared Proximity Sensor Distance
Grove - ButtonOn/Off
Grove - Electricity Sensor Electricity
Grove - Gas Sensor(MQ2&MQ5) Gas Quality
Grove - Light Sensor Light
Grove - Magnetic Switch Magnetic
Grove - Moisture Sensor Moisture
Grove - PIR Motion Sensor PIR Motion
Grove - Rotary Angle Sensor Rotary Angle
Grove - Tilt Switch Object Position
Grove - Sound Sensor Sound
Grove - Temperature Sensor Temperature
Grove - Touch Sensor Human touch
Grove - Water Sensor Water

Other analog sensors which is not Grove-compatible need a little small adjustment. Just connect your signal output to pin4 of Grove connector and then the VCC and GND. Note that only sensors that output an analog or digital 1/0 value can be used with the pre-programmed firmware

Second, we need an output Grove module as an actuator. The following Grove modules can be used:

Module nameAction when triggered
Grove - Buzzer Buzzer enabled
Grove - LEDLED On
Grove - Vibrator Vibrate
Grove - Relay Swith On/Off other circuits

For example, we intend to create a light which automatically turns on if the environment is dark and turns off if otherwise, then we select a Grove-Light_Sensor and a Grove-Red_LED.

Third, teach the Grove Node a logic.

Connect the light sensor as an input and the LED as an output, and then turn on the Grove Node.

  • In a normal environment, do a single-click on the Grove Node's button

  • Cover the light sensor with a hand to simulate a dark environment, and then do a double-clicks, the Grove - LED will be on.

  • Release the light sensor, the Grove - LED will be off.


The Grove Node has a pre-programmed OTA bootloader. To run into the bootloader:

  1. power off the Grove Node

  2. do a double-clicks on the Grove Node's button

  3. the red LED will be on and a BLE device named SD7DFU can be scaned

  4. use nRF Master Control Panel to upgrade the BLE app

More information can be found at

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