We are now one step closer to the production release (v1.0) of our new Bluetooth Smart desktop application. The development team has been hard at work adding new features and improving the existing functionality of the application.
Figure 1: Service discovery
It is important to note that the focus of this alpha release has been on adding new features and on internal architectural changes. It is still in the alpha stage, that means the application is in a finalized draft stage (but still not a full feature product) with rough edges and unaddressed corner cases. Features are also subject to change between releases. The application is code named Yggdrasil, but this will change to an official name by the time we hit production release.
Figure 2: Server setup
If you are not familiar with the product, please have a look at this previous blog post.
Early on in the project we decided that we wanted a higher level API on top of the SoftDevice API offered by the pc-ble-driver library. We first looked at existing APIs from iOS, Android, Chrome, etc., but decided that none of them completely matched our requirements. We wanted an API that abstracted away the verbose low level parts, but at the same time did not take away the GATT/GAP features we needed.
At the time of this release, the major features of the API are in place. However, there is still work to be done in terms of documentation, stability, performance, and features.
If you want a closer look you can find the API on GitHub inside the pc-ble-driver-js repository.
The next release is planned to be a production Release Candidate (RC1) and should be available in Q1 2016. The focus will be on the following:
After the production release, we will again start adding new features. We can't wait to show what we have in store.
The source code for the application is planned to be made available on GitHub when the application hits production release.
The issues are being worked on and will be fixed in a later release.
We would be happy to hear what you think about the release, and about any feature requests. Please leave your feeback in the comments section, send a PM, or if you have any issues, post a question on devzone.
###Application installer/zip files
Download the file for your system, install or unpack and run the application:
Ubuntu Linux 64bit
###Development kit firmware
Program your nRF51 development kit (pca10028) or dongle (pca10031) with this firmware:
Hi, Bill, thanks for the feedback.
Server save and load will be included in the next release (1.0RC), and the toUpperCase issue should be fixed.
The automatic resume of advertising would be a nice feature, we'll add that to the backlog for later releases.
This looks like it'll be a great tool. Here are some misc. issues: