Thursday, December 22, 2016

Setting the environment for the SensorTag

Last time modified on: August 24, 2018

In order to get data from the SensorTag, you must first pair your device with the computer. Only then, you will be able to interact with the SensorTag through the program.
In the following are the steps needed to establish communication with SensorTag:

 

Starting from the Windows 10 Creators Update - version 1703


Step 1. First, you must go to the "Setting" window, "Bluetooth & other devices" section. You have several ways to achieve this:
  1.  Press Windows+I on the keyboard to access Settings → select "Devices" → click on "Bluetooth & other devices" from the left;
  2. Click on the Start button (the lower-left place of the desktop) to expand Start Menu then select Settings icon (see the figure from below) → select Devices select from the left "Bluetooth & other devices" option;
  1. In the taskbar, look for the action center icon and click on it → left click on Bluetooth Device icon → right click on Go to Settings small window. 
Step 2. Turn on the Bluetooth device (on PC, laptop, tablet etc.) using the toggle switch

Step 3. Turn on the Bluetooth on the SenorTag and make it discoverable. For this:
  • press the button on the left side for CC2541 ( a green LED on the SensorTag will start to flash), or
  • press the button on the top part for CC2650 ( a green LED on the SensorTag will start to flash), or
  • power on the ThunderBoard React sensortag (using the side switch) and push the SW0 push button (a blue LED will flash) or
  • push the SW1 push button on the ThunderBoard Sense sensortag - a green LED will flash.
Step 4. Click the Add Bluetooth or other device button (marked with "+") to connect a new device.

Step 5. Select the Bluetooth option, from the new window that just opened.

Step 6. After a while, all the SensorTags that are in the advertising mode will appear in the list.

Step 7. Click on the SensorTag on which you are interested to connect.

Step 8. Insert the PIN number (generally for almost all the situations the introduction of number 0 solves this problem).

Step 9. Click the Connect button to pair → and in the end, click the Done button.

     

 

           In Windows 10 Anniversary Update - version 1607


Step 1. Make sure the computer's Bluetooth module is turned on.

Step 2. Turn on the Bluetooth on the SenorTag and make it discoverable. For this:
  • press the button on the left side for CC2541 - a green LED on the SensorTag will start to flash, or
  • press the button on the top part for CC2650 - a green LED on the SensorTag will start to flash, or
  • power on the ThunderBoard React SensorTag (using the side switch) and push the SW0 push button (a blue LED will flash) or
  • push the SW1 push button on the ThunderBoard Sense SensorTag - a green LED will flash.
Step 3. Go to the “Manage Bluetooth Devices” window. You have several modes to go to the Manage Bluetooth Devices window:

  1. Press Windows+I on the keyboard to access Settingsselect from the left Bluetooth option;
  2. Click on the Start button (the lower-left place of the desktop) to expand Start Menu then select Settings select Devices select from the left Bluetooth option;
  3. From the lower-right double click on Bluetooth Device icon.

Step 4. Now, pair your SensorTag with the computer. All new SensorsTag found will be presented to the user with the label "Ready to pair". Click on one of these new devices and push the Pair button. If the SensorTag requires a passcode, you’ll be prompted for it. The password for TI’s SensorTags is 0. A small blue line indicates the pairing process development. When this finishes, with success, the device’s name switches to SensorTag 2.0 (for CC2650 BLE devices).

Step 5. Start the BLE SensorTag software.

Step 6. Push the Refresh SensorTag list button and select the desire SensorTag device.

Step 7.  Configure the SensorTag accordingly with your desires and click the button Set the values.


Or you can follow the same steps in video format:  


Thursday, November 24, 2016

Here we go! Finally I started my own blog !

     In this blog I will write different news regarding an application developed by me: BLE SensorTags - blessTags. The BLE SensorTag application is able, for the moment, to work only with CC2541CC2650 (SensorTags from Texas Instrument CompanyThunderBoard React, ThunderBoard Sense (both devies produced by Silicon Labs Company) and with unknown type of BLE devices. A series of images of the blessTags application is presented below.

This blessTags (BLE SensorTag) application can be downloaded from the Windows Store Apps: https://www.microsoft.com/store/apps/9p054xsjjr1n.
blessTags main user interface

blessTags SensorTag configuration
blessTags data visualization in graphical and numerical way

blessTags - obtaining the optimal Kalman filter parameters
blessTags - developer mode
    The articles to be presented here will mainly focus on: how to work with this application, how this application works, its features, the functionality implemented in the new modules, how can be maximized performances of different SensorTag devices, other information regarding the rules of physics implied in the working principles of different type of sensor that compose SensorTag devices etc.