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LightBlue Explorer - Bluetooth Low Energy

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LightBlue Explorer can connect you to all of your devices that use Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy (also known as Bluetooth Smart, or Bluetooth Light).

LightBlue Explorer has two modes, central and peripheral. In central mode, you can scan for and connect to all BLE devices around you. Once connected, you have a detailed view of all the device's profiles, from which you can read and write to characteristics and subscribe to notifications.

To use peripheral mode, tap the blue circle next to one of the profiles listed under "Virtual Peripherals." When the blue checkmark appears, your iOS device will begin advertising as that particular BLE peripheral. LightBlue Explorer allows you to customize the services and characteristics of any virtual peripheral profile. Tap the "+" in the top right corner of the home screen to add new virtual peripherals. You can also clone any peripheral you connect to in central mode and save that profile to your list of virtual peripherals.

Full support of read, write, and notify is included. You can view the signal strength (RSSI) to get an idea of how close you are to the peripheral.

The log feature allows you to keep track of all significant BLE events that occur while using the app (e.g., device discovery, connection, reading, writing).

Use LightBlue Explorer to test your new BLE Heart Rate Monitor, temperature sensor, TI CC2540 Keyfob, Nordic uBlue, Panasonic PAN1720, etc. LightBlue Explorer is also ideal for developers wanting to test the firmware of their own BLE peripherals.

Key Features:
- Scan for any peripherals
- Grab basic device info (UUID, RSSI )
- Browse Characteristics and Services
- Register for Notifications
- Read Characteristics
- Write to Characteristics in Hex, Oct, Bin, Decimal or Ascii
- Clone peripheral profiles
- Choose from an array of common preconfigured peripheral profiles
- Advertise as a peripheral using custom profiles
- Thoroughly log BLE events

This app will not work on iPhone4, iPhone3GS, iPhone3G or iPod Touches before the 5th generation, or any other iOS device without built-in Bluetooth Low Energy support.

What's New in Version 2.4.0

* Added new feature that allows the user to sort and filter discovered devices by signal strength.
* Fixed alignment of alert that occurs when Bluetooth is turned off.


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Customer Reviews

Didn't help me find my Fitbit!

I downloaded this app yesterday because I had lost my Fitbit in my hotel room. After tearing apart the hotel room for 45 minutes (knowing I never left and that my Fitbit had to be in there), I downloaded this app to help. It was worthless. Not only is it confusing to understand (there are lots of signals/items listed and you don't know what they mean), but I never got even a semblance of a strong signal from my Fitbit. Even after assistance from the hotel staff (who found my Fitbit), the app still didn't register a signal. I am wearing my Fitbit now and the app barely recognizes the Fitbit signal and it is one inch away from the phone. I am really bummed about this because I thought the app would be nice to have for the future, but it doesn't work. I don't know how others had such a positive experience. It did not work for what I needed, and if you misplace your Fitbit, I doubt it will work for you either.

Helped find Fitbit

My wife couldn't find her Fitbit, but it was syncing when she was in the bedroom or the garage below. We had it narrowed to 2 big rooms. Unfortunately, in the garage we have our laundry as well, so we needed to narrow it down. It gave a few 'false' high signal readings in one place. When we went into the closet, it got significantly higher. We were able to narrow it down and she found it in the pocket of the pants she had been wearing when she 'lost' it. And yes, my first question was 'you didn't check your pockets?'
Anyway, app definitely helped locating it. I'd recommend it. Just go slow as it takes a second for the signal to update. It's not like a metal detector that you can wave around.

Not working

This app is stuck on peripheral mode and I can't figure out how I get it to central mode. Maybe that's why I can't find my Fitbit charge.

LightBlue Explorer - Bluetooth Low Energy
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Utilities
  • Updated:
  • Version: 2.4.0
  • Size: 17.4 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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