mz87 mz87 - 16 days ago 4
iOS Question

How to get list of available Bluetooth devices?

I'm currently creating an iPhone app (Xcode 4.3.1, IOS 5) that could use Bluetooth devices! Main goal of this application is indoor navigation (GPS inside buildings isn't really accurate).

The only solution I see here (to keep my app on AppStore) is to try scan for available bluetooth devices!

I tried to use CoreBluetooth framework, but I don't get list of available devices!
Maybe I don't use these functions correctly

#import <UIKit/UIKit.h>
#import <CoreBluetooth/CoreBluetooth.h>

@interface AboutBhyperView : UIViewController <CBPeripheralDelegate, CBCentralManagerDelegate>
{
CBCentralManager *mgr;
}
@property (readwrite, nonatomic) CBCentralManager *mgr;
@end



- (void)viewDidLoad
{
[super viewDidLoad];

mgr = [[CBCentralManager alloc] initWithDelegate:self queue:nil];
}


- (void)centralManager:(CBCentralManager *)central didDiscoverPeripheral:(CBPeripheral *)peripheral advertisementData:(NSDictionary *)advertisementData RSSI:(NSNumber *)RSSI {


NSLog([NSString stringWithFormat:@"%@",[advertisementData description]]);
}

-(void)centralManager:(CBCentralManager *)central didRetrievePeripherals:(NSArray *)peripherals{
NSLog(@"This is it!");
}


- (void)centralManagerDidUpdateState:(CBCentralManager *)central{
NSString *messtoshow;

switch (central.state) {
case CBCentralManagerStateUnknown:
{
messtoshow=[NSString stringWithFormat:@"State unknown, update imminent."];
break;
}
case CBCentralManagerStateResetting:
{
messtoshow=[NSString stringWithFormat:@"The connection with the system service was momentarily lost, update imminent."];
break;
}
case CBCentralManagerStateUnsupported:
{
messtoshow=[NSString stringWithFormat:@"The platform doesn't support Bluetooth Low Energy"];
break;
}
case CBCentralManagerStateUnauthorized:
{
messtoshow=[NSString stringWithFormat:@"The app is not authorized to use Bluetooth Low Energy"];
break;
}
case CBCentralManagerStatePoweredOff:
{
messtoshow=[NSString stringWithFormat:@"Bluetooth is currently powered off."];
break;
}
case CBCentralManagerStatePoweredOn:
{
messtoshow=[NSString stringWithFormat:@"Bluetooth is currently powered on and available to use."];
[mgr scanForPeripheralsWithServices:nil options:nil];
//[mgr retrieveConnectedPeripherals];

//--- it works, I Do get in this area!

break;
}

}
NSLog(messtoshow);
}


I'm not sure about this line, how to pass correct parameters?

[mgr scanForPeripheralsWithServices:nil options:nil];


I took a look into apple reference .. and I still don't understand what's that CBUUID ???
Every device has some bluetooth id? where can I find it?

- (void)scanForPeripheralsWithServices:(NSArray *)serviceUUIDs options:(NSDictionary *)options;


Parameters
serviceUUIDs - An array of CBUUIDs the app is interested in.
options - A dictionary to customize the scan, see CBCentralManagerScanOptionAllowDuplicatesKey.

Is there any other way to use Bluetooth on IOS? I mean, older frameworks that don't use BLE 4.0!

any advice would be appreciated!

thanks!

Answer

This guide looks promising for Bluetooth 3.0. Remember that the CoreBluetooth framework is ONLY for Bluetooth Low Energy (4.0). At bluetooth.org's dev-pages you can see some examples of globally defined services, and as Guan Yang mentionen, you can see that the heart rate service is 0x180D. UUID`s of the unit is defined by the manufacturer.

Here's a code snippet to maybe help you along the way.

// Initialize a private variable with the heart rate service UUID    
CBUUID *heartRate = [CBUUID UUIDWithString:@"180D"];

// Create a dictionary for passing down to the scan with service method
NSDictionary *scanOptions = [NSDictionary dictionaryWithObject:[NSNumber numberWithBool:NO] forKey:CBCentralManagerScanOptionAllowDuplicatesKey];

// Tell the central manager (cm) to scan for the heart rate service
[cm scanForPeripheralsWithServices:[NSArray arrayWithObject:heartRate] options:scanOptions]
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