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Getting Started with Bluetooth Low Energy: Tools and Techniques for Low-Power Networking

Getting Started with Bluetooth Low Energy: Tools and Techniques for Low-Power Networking [Kindle Edition]

Kevin Townsend , Carles Cufí , Akiba , Robert Davidson

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With Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), smart devices are about to become even smarter. This practical guide demonstrates how this exciting wireless technology helps developers build mobile apps that share data with external hardware, and how hardware engineers can gain easy and reliable access to mobile operating systems.

This book provides a solid, high-level overview of how devices use BLE to communicate with each other. You’ll learn useful low-cost tools for developing and testing BLE-enabled mobile apps and embedded firmware and get examples using various development platforms—including iOS and Android for app developers and embedded platforms for product designers and hardware engineers.

  • Understand how data is organized and transferred by BLE devices
  • Explore BLE’s concepts, key limitations, and network topology
  • Dig into the protocol stack to grasp how and why BLE operates
  • Learn how BLE devices discover each other and establish secure connections
  • Set up the tools and infrastructure for BLE application development
  • Get examples for connecting BLE to iPhones, iPads, Android devices, and sensors
  • Develop code for a simple device that transmits heart rate data to a mobile device

About the Author

Kevin Townsend specializes in embedded design and development around the ARM Cortex M family of microprocessors, and has a long-standing interest in low-power wireless communication. He's active in the open source hardware world as lead engineer at Adafruit Industries, where his job is taking interesting technologies in the embedded engineering space and getting them into the hands of domain experts in other fields to see what interesting solutions they can come up with when technology becomes invisible.

Carles Cufí has been involved with Bluetooth since the year 2000. Starting at Parrot in Paris with version 1.0 of the specification, he wrote one of the first protocol stacks to be shipped on a commercial product, and he has been involved with the development and implementation of Bluetooth devices and systems ever since. He is currently employed by Nordic Semiconductor, where he is responsible for the Bluetooth Low Energy Application Programming Interfaces offered to the developers using the nRF51 family of Integrated Circuits.

Akiba has been involved in wireless sensor networks since 2003. He wrote FreakZ, an open source Zigbee protocol stack, and also Chibi, an open source 802.15.4 protocol stack. He's a researcher for Keio University in the Internet and Society research group, and is a design consultant to the United Nations. His specialty and interest is in sensor networks for environmental monitoring. He currently runs FreakLabs, an open source wireless company, and is working on a hackerspace in the Japanese countryside called Hackerfarm.

Robert Davidson’s passion in life is to apply what he knows about technology to solve real problems for people. He especially enjoys applications that use sensors to connect the physical world to computers and the Internet. He runs Ambient Sensors, a company focused on sensors and wireless sensor networks, and has a strong interest in the development of startup companies (and the scars to prove it). He especially enjoys sharing his interests and expertise with others.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5241 KB
  • Print Length: 180 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (30 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00K1N23LA
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Small book with lots of solid help. 30 Jun 2014
By Lacey Abbott - Published on
I am developing my first bluetooth project, and time-to-market is critical. I had spent hundreds of dollars on development kits that were sparsely documented. This book was the best money I have spent yet. It was concise and helped me sort out a number of issues, saving me considerable time. I just wish they would write one about four times that size.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It is the perfect book to get started with BLE 1 July 2014
By Kirai - Published on
It is the perfect book to get started with BLE! It helped me put my thoughts in order after reading blog posts and news around the web about Bluetooth Low Energy. The book is perfectly organised, driving the reader from an introduction to the technology covering all the basics and finishing with practical examples. Also, it is written in a very clear language.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good reference for Bluetooth LE 26 July 2014
By Sukru Tikves - Published on
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This is a short reference for getting started with Bluetooth LE, with embedded designers / software engineers in mind. The book covers a large portion of the things you'll need for developing bluetooth devices, including how the technology works, security design, getting and using development boards, and of course client apps for Android, and iOS.

My only gripe is the lack of Arduino information. Chances are, if your project is at "hobby" level, and you lack access to more expensive development boards, you'll start with Arduino or a similar design. There is another book from the same publisher that covers hacking Arduino for Bluetooth LE, however that seems to be a lower quality writing.

If you're interested in hacking together a simple design, I might recommend getting both of the books, and an Arduino and/or Raspberry kit.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars High Level Good - Android code - not so much 26 Sep 2014
By Doug McCann - Published on
I am convinced the code in the paper book never saw a compiler. There is good overall information about the BLE technology, but the Android code sample's in the book seem very incompete and I have not found anywhere I can download the Android sample code. I really like O'Reilly and hate to be so critical, but I really need to get something working not trying to figure out broken snippets of code.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book, but Where's The Example Code at GitHub? 3 July 2014
By Karl G. Kowalski - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book will get you the detailed information about Bluetooth Low Energy for use as a developer. You will discover all the information you need to understand the basics of BLE and what it does.

The only thing keeping me from giving this 5 stars is: The GitHub repository for all the code examples (Android and iOS) contains no code for either Android or iOS. I have no idea why that would be, but I am unable to find the sources. If someone can point me to them, that would be great.
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