Getting Started with Bluetooth Low Energy
Tools and Techniques for Low-Power Networking
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: April 2014
Pages: 180

With Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), smart devices are about to become even smarter. This practical guide demonstrates how this exciting wireless technology helps developers build mobile apps that share data with external hardware, and how hardware engineers can gain easy and reliable access to mobile operating systems.

This book provides a solid, high-level overview of how devices use BLE to communicate with each other. You’ll learn useful low-cost tools for developing and testing BLE-enabled mobile apps and embedded firmware and get examples using various development platforms—including iOS and Android for app developers and embedded platforms for product designers and hardware engineers.

  • Understand how data is organized and transferred by BLE devices
  • Explore BLE’s concepts, key limitations, and network topology
  • Dig into the protocol stack to grasp how and why BLE operates
  • Learn how BLE devices discover each other and establish secure connections
  • Set up the tools and infrastructure for BLE application development
  • Get examples for connecting BLE to iPhones, iPads, Android devices, and sensors
  • Develop code for a simple device that transmits heart rate data to a mobile device
Product Details
About the Author
Colophon
Recommended for You
Customer Reviews

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
oreillyGetting Started with Bluetooth Low Energy
 
4.0

(based on 3 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Intermediate (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Developer (3)

      Reviewed by 3 customers

      Sort by

      Displaying reviews 1-3

      Back to top

       
      4.0

      Very good guide for BLE

      By Tade

      from Budapest

      About Me Designer, Developer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to understand

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Intermediate
        • Novice
        • Student

        Comments about oreilly Getting Started with Bluetooth Low Energy:

        That book is a very good starting point to understanding how the BLE is working. I had to learn the embedded programming side of the BLE chip within a day and that helped me a lot. It also gave me a good, but not too deep overview of the working mechanism of the BLE.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        An Inspiring Introduction

        By pab

        from United Kingdom

        About Me Developer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Accurate
        • Helpful examples
        • Inspiring

        Cons

        • Not comprehensive enough

        Best Uses

        • Intermediate

        Comments about oreilly Getting Started with Bluetooth Low Energy:

        I've worked a little with Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) before, getting the bulk of my information from programming guides.

        This book presented an opportunity to go back to basics: to review the protocol stack from top to bottom and patch in the gaps in my knowledge. On that account it succeeded very well.

        There are many components to BLE, and a seemingly unending vocabulary to learn (care to distinguish profiles, procedures, protocols, or ATT versus GATT?). "Getting Started with Bluetooth Low Energy" does a tremendous job at guiding the reader through the scenery, pointing out subtleties and traps along the way.

        In particular, the tour of the protocol stack presented in Chapter 2 is wonderful, describing everything from the application down to the low-level radio components (and how those lower levels necessarily impact the behaviour of frameworks and apps).

        In places I would've liked a little more detail (I'm a sucker for packet traces, and there's scant information about specific profiles built on top of GATT), but the book has inspired me to dig deeper and continue learning about BLE elsewhere. And that's the key point: I was expecting to learn, but in addition to that I was energised. While I previously had in mind one application for which I could use BLE, I now have dozens of ideas.

        [Note: I received a free copy of this book through the O'Reilly Reader Review Program.]

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        "We Need Books Like This"

        By Tim

        from Melbourne, Australia

        About Me Designer, Developer, Educator, Maker

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Accurate
        • Helpful examples
        • Well-written

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Intermediate
          • Novice
          • Student

          Comments about oreilly Getting Started with Bluetooth Low Energy:

          I purchased this book to learn more about the technical details of Bluetooth Low Energy after encountering it in "Building iPhone and iPad Electronic Projects" by Mike Westerfield (O'Reilly). It covers far more than I needed or expected but is well structured and written and I just kept reading. Part way through I tried to browse the official BLE specification, and was reminded why we need books like this.

          The authors lead the reader gently but thoroughly through the layers and language of this technology, which like many has its share of alphabet soup. They add an overview of software and hardware development environments for those going further, including smart phones and embedded systems.

          If you need to get up to speed on the internals of Bluetooth Low Energy, don't try to read the Bluetooth 4 Core Spec until you have read this book. It will give you a big head start and may save you from wrangling the spec at all. If you just need to understand the lingo, this book is all ( and more than) you need.

          Given the ubiquity of previous Bluetooth technologies, the support from Apple and other smart phone manufacturers, and the boom in sensor networks, BLE will be here for a while. I expect this book to take its place as a must read for new players as well as a handy reference for old ones.

          Displaying reviews 1-3

          Back to top

           
          Buy 2 Get 1 Free Free Shipping Guarantee
          Buying Options
          Immediate Access - Go Digital what's this?
          Ebook: $31.99
          Formats:  DAISY, ePub, Mobi, PDF
          Print & Ebook: $43.99
          Print: $39.99