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Jan 3, 2012
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OK upgraded the site CMS system just now to 1.10.2.  hope everything still works.
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Added a blog section to the site.  I need to sort out the templates a bit as things are not looking so good.
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Btle Beta

There is a beta version of IpSensorMan with support for Bluetooth Low Energy style sensors.  This will enable these sensors in IpBike and my other apps.  For non BTLE specific new features see the IpSensorMan Beta page, the beta is the same app.


You will need an Android 4.3 phone with Btle support.  I do not support or plan to support any of the propriority older API's


There is code in for heart rate monitors, cycle speed and cadence, running speed and cadence and cyceling power. Cycling power has no support for two sensor setups e.g. Pedals where you have both pedals transmitting independently.  It will work with single sources like Cranks, Hubs or even a single Pedal with automatic doubling but not correctly with a pair of pedals.  The reason for this is that Unlike ANT+ where it's the pedals responsibility to combine the data and only a single one talks to the Head unit.  The BLE power spec has put the responsibility on the head unit to talk to both pedals independently and combine the data.  This is a none trivial bit of code under Android (where more then one BLE sensor is fun at the best of times)  If there was a suitable simulator like you get for ANT+ I would of done the work but there is not one that I have found.  Realistically to do the work I need access to a real set of pedals and I am not prepared to get a set of pedals I want use personally as I have everything set up for egg beaters on all my bikes and shoes.


Setup should be similar to ANT+ sensors in that the sensors should be found automatically when just using IpBike and not having to interact directly with IpSensorMan.

For heart rate sensors just use IpBike as normal and it will automaticaly look for the sensor each time you 'start sensors'  For other sensors you need to associate them with a bike like you would an ANT+ sensor.  Go to bikes select the bike then make sure you don't have 'Gps only' checked when you go Start Sensors new sensors will automatically be looked for and associated with the bike. If you have any trouble you can also add the sensors manually to IpSensorMan and then associate them with a bike.  In IpSensorMan use Add BTLE and then Scan for a new divice.  Once the device is found you can manually conect to it with 'Start Service' then 'search' or long press the sensor and select open.  You may need to do this with a new sensor in order for IpSensorMan to work out exactly what sort of sensor it is. 

Sign Up

 In order to get the beta you just need to follow this link.  You can sign out at a latter time if you want to for any reason and go to the standard version of IpSensorMan

Issues and tips.

When working things seam to be OK with the release but it is still possible to get things into a state where an app just can not get things to start properly.

If things just don't look to connect.  Try disabeling bluetooth and switching it back on. This definatly helps most of the time.  I find switching WiFi off helps a good bit as well.  If still no good then try powering the phone off and back on again.

Reporting problems.

If you have issues then it would be usefull if you send me a description of the problem along with the IpSensorMan logfile.  The loging for now is all in the main logfile and the logging level on the current beta is turned up high by default.  The logfiles can be found at /sdcard/Android/data/com.iforpowell.android.ipantman/files/temp/IpSensorMan_log.txt  Logs for the previous two days are also avalible in seperate files.  Send reports to real_support@iforpowell.com.  Please also feel free to send me general success reports and questions.  You can also post to the beta testers group if you want at ipsensorman-btle-beta@googlegroups.com



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