{"__v":32,"_id":"55a823b88b9fdf0d00117113","api":{"auth":"required","params":[],"results":{"codes":[]},"settings":"","url":""},"body":"The Tentacle is a collection of open-source libraries and services that allow microcontrollers to communicate with Meshblu. It uses Google's [Protocol Buffers](https://developers.google.com/protocol-buffers) as the messaging format.\n\nWith the awesome [Octoblu](http://octoblu.com) designer, you can then configure your microcontroller like this:\n[block:image]\n{\n  \"images\": [\n    {\n      \"image\": [\n        \"https://files.readme.io/wW4XMSgvTT3136JwwnhA_Tentacle-Config.png\",\n        \"Tentacle-Config.png\",\n        \"1436\",\n        \"1464\",\n        \"#5fa02f\",\n        \"\"\n      ]\n    }\n  ]\n}\n[/block]\nAnd then use them in the designer like this:\n[block:image]\n{\n  \"images\": [\n    {\n      \"image\": [\n        \"https://files.readme.io/KE54GgWSHSdG07s6TW3K_Tentacle-Designer.png\",\n        \"Tentacle-Designer.png\",\n        \"2122\",\n        \"1289\",\n        \"#3e9ba7\",\n        \"\"\n      ]\n    }\n  ]\n}\n[/block]\n\nIf you want to get started quickly, check out the  [Getting Started](doc:getting-started-1) guide.\n\n\n[block:callout]\n{\n  \"type\": \"warning\",\n  \"title\": \"Pin Confusion\",\n  \"body\": \"One limitation of The Tentacle is that you can't specify analog pins by their usual A* designations (A0, A1, A2, etc). We hope to change this soon. In the meantime, this means you just have to reference the pins by their actual numbers - such as 16 instead of A0, and so on.\"\n}\n[/block]","category":"55a823b88b9fdf0d00117111","createdAt":"2015-07-16T21:35:52.816Z","excerpt":"Here, you can find out what this \"Tentacle\" is that everybody's been talking about these days.","githubsync":"","hidden":false,"link_external":false,"link_url":"","order":0,"project":"55a823b78b9fdf0d0011710d","slug":"getting-started","sync_unique":"","title":"What Is The Tentacle?","type":"basic","updates":[],"user":"5564f227f0f70f0d00a9ab20","version":"55a823b78b9fdf0d00117110","childrenPages":[]}

What Is The Tentacle?

Here, you can find out what this "Tentacle" is that everybody's been talking about these days.

The Tentacle is a collection of open-source libraries and services that allow microcontrollers to communicate with Meshblu. It uses Google's [Protocol Buffers](https://developers.google.com/protocol-buffers) as the messaging format. With the awesome [Octoblu](http://octoblu.com) designer, you can then configure your microcontroller like this: [block:image] { "images": [ { "image": [ "https://files.readme.io/wW4XMSgvTT3136JwwnhA_Tentacle-Config.png", "Tentacle-Config.png", "1436", "1464", "#5fa02f", "" ] } ] } [/block] And then use them in the designer like this: [block:image] { "images": [ { "image": [ "https://files.readme.io/KE54GgWSHSdG07s6TW3K_Tentacle-Designer.png", "Tentacle-Designer.png", "2122", "1289", "#3e9ba7", "" ] } ] } [/block] If you want to get started quickly, check out the [Getting Started](doc:getting-started-1) guide. [block:callout] { "type": "warning", "title": "Pin Confusion", "body": "One limitation of The Tentacle is that you can't specify analog pins by their usual A* designations (A0, A1, A2, etc). We hope to change this soon. In the meantime, this means you just have to reference the pins by their actual numbers - such as 16 instead of A0, and so on." } [/block]