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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

Worked like a Charm

I knew my Fitbit One was in my bedroom but after looking for half an hour and straining to hear the buzz of the silent alarms I kept setting I decided to see if the Internet had any tips. After downloading and trying a few free apps with good reviews I had no luck. Then I saw this one in a reply from Fitbit customer service as one to try. It was a little confusing at first because I had no idea what all the data meant but really all you need to know is to watch the signal strength bars. I found my Fitbit tangled in a blanket within 5 minutes of downloading. Since I lose my One on the regular this is going to be a great app to have.

Latest version has many defects

We use Light blue to test our own BLE device. The previous version worked great but the latest version disconnects immediately after a large data transfer. On the log page we also see duplicate notifications. Initially we thought we had a firmware issue on our device, but when tried with Nordic Semiconductor's app, our BLE device worked perfectly without any disconnections. Upon sniffing the connection using wireshark, we saw that Lightblue initiated the disconnection after the data transfer was completed.
Links on the "about" page are also broken in the latest version. Please bring back the old lightblue version!

Found Fitbit, along with St Anthony's help

This app works. I misplaced my One and the app located it and my wife's Charge. In fact, I used the known location of the Charge to understand the app's functions. Looking for bars helps. The negative numbers were confusing until Get this app and ask St Anthony!

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: 9.4 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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