Version 2.0 of our popular Bluefruit LE Connect app for iOS is now available in the app store. The app is a complete rewrite of the underlying code for improved stability with UART throughput, as well as some major improvements to the UART module like timestamp mode and NeoPixel support (nRF51 only at present). Read on for details!
The UART module has been extended with a number of new features:
You can switch between text and timestamp modes, where data will be displayed on a packet by packet level in timestamp mode with the exact moment the packet arrived also being logged. You can then export this data in various file formats for analysis later, such as plotting sensor data based on when it arrived.
There is also a new NeoPixel module that is release as a BETA, but should be a welcome addition:
Using this new app you can interactively set the color of individual NeoPixels from your phone. This currently only works with nRF51 based Bluefruit LE modules (boards with BLE modules with red PCBs and metal tin cans on them), and you need to export a sketch from the iOS app to use this functionality, but we will extend this to the nRF8001 in the future and take into account any user feedback!
If you already have Bluefruit LE Connect installed on your iOS device, the update should appear in the next couple days!
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