Synapse’s BlueSee Aims to Aid the Development of Bluetooth Low Energy Devices

Product development firm Synapse, a Cambridge Consultants company, has just launched BlueSee — a new cross-platform tool, available as a phone and desktop application, for “easy debugging and testing during the development of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) devices.”

According to a statement emailed to MHW, BlueSee decouples firmware testing and application development for both professional and hobbyist IoT and peripheral developers, by providing a scriptable interface to interact with BLE devices.

BlueSee can be used throughout the development process, from proof-of-concept and development phases to final testing.

Using BlueSee, developers can view, filter, connect to, and interact with any discoverable BLE devices within range. Unlike other cross-platform BLE debugging tools on the market, BlueSee provides a filtration option for advertised services, which are automatically generated from scan results and from any scripts the user has installed.

Once connected, BlueSee’s scripting interface – the first of its kind – takes over, providing easy access to any recognized services. Scripts are universal, running BlueSee across any platform it supports. This means, for instance, that the same script used on a MacBook will also work on an iPhone.

“Through our work on numerous BLE projects here at Synapse, our test engineers uncovered a need for a simple way to speak to devices separately from the actual application,” said Rachel Blackman, Head of Mobile Software Development at Synapse. “Yet, the tools that exist today require writing up raw bits of information in hexadecimal form and sending them to the devices – a tedious task to complete from a smartphone, and inconvenient for testing the same functionality on desktop or laptop machines.”

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