iPhone Flies on Model Rocket – Collects Data with Bluetooth low energy

[prMac.com] Albuquerque, New Mexico – Byte Works, Inc., today announced the latest version of techBASIC was successful in capturing data and video from four iPhone model rocket flights using the new Bluetooth low energy SensorTag from Texas Instruments Incorporated.

“This was one small step by a geek, one giant leap forward for Bluetooth low energy,” quipped Mike Westerfield, president of the Byte Works. “The iPhone rocket flight is just one example of how easy it is to write fun and cutting edge programs with the TI SensorTag and techBASIC. We are very excited to provide the program and the source code for the Rocket Data Collection app and the Rocket Data Analysis app so novice and experienced programmers will have a great example of how to quickly connect to Bluetooth low energy devices on iOS. We are also making the rocket plans and the data collected from our flights available to hobbyists and students so they can collect and analyze their own data.”

Two separate rockets were built and flown to test the capabilities of Bluetooth low energy. A small rocket was flown with the TI SensorTag secured in the payload bay while an iPhone running techBASIC was recording data safely on the ground. The second rocket flew with both the iPhone and the TI SensorTag on board. During the rocket flights the TI SensorTag recorded acceleration, rotation, and pressure data and passed the data to techBASIC.

“It has been a pleasure working with Byte Works to add support for TI’s Bluetooth low energy SensorTag in techBASIC. The SensorTag is designed to let app developers quickly realize prototypes of CC2541-based Bluetooth low energy products and techBASIC is the quickest way to write apps for collecting and processing sensor data from the SensorTag. Even engineers who are not familiar with iOS apps development can write techBASIC programs to interface with the SensorTag within an hour after installation of the app,” said Jarle Boe, systems applications manager, Wireless Connectivity Solutions, TI.

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iOS 5.0 or later
* 7.5 MB

Pricing and Availability:
techBASIC is $14.99 (USD) and is available worldwide in the App Store Utilities category. TI’s SensorTag kit (CC2541DK-SENSOR) is $25.00 (USD) and is available now on the TI eStore and from authorized distributors.techBASIC 2.3
BLE Support
Purchase and Download
YouTube Video
TI SensorTag eStore Link
TI CC2541 Data Sheet Link

The Byte Works has been creating quality apps for people who think(TM) since 1982. Current directions include apps for scientific programming, calculators and astronomy programs for iOS. Past efforts include developing Apple Programmers Workshop and the award winning ORCA line of compilers for the Apple IIGS, the HyperLogo(TM) scripting language for HyperStudio(TM), and MediaBlender(TM), a multimedia authoring tool for education. Copyright (C) 2012 The Byte Works. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

###Patty Westerfield
Vice President
United States
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