Bluetooth LE Primer + iBeacon

Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) is undoubtedly the prevailing communication protocol between Smartphones and IoT devices coming onto our wrists, into our homes, and into our cars. As designers and developers, understanding the basic advantages and limitations of BLE is critical for any IoT project.

This month, Colin Karpinger (@colin_k) from Punch Through Design (http://punchthrough.com) will give us a primer on BLE!

UPDATE: Geppy Parziale from iNVASIVECODE has agreed to join us and take us through one of the most talked-about feature in iOS7 - iBeacon. Many trade presses (tuaw, wired, GigaOm, tested) have recently covered this new feature in iOS. It is considered a potential game-changer in IoT because it will open doors to many new interactions and new services between BLE devices within a proximity. If you're curious about what iBeacon can do and what it will mean for IoT in the coming months, this is the event to attend.

We are looking for 2 volunteers to help us manage the check-in process - the first 2 volunteers will get into the event free! Please contact us for details.


Colin's Bio

Colin Karpinger is an entrepreneur engineer, who loves building products.  

In high school he created his first web startup, SaveYourPaper, which let students upload their essays online to avoid floppy disk crashes. During college he started Punch Through Design (Organizer's Note: Check out their impressive list of projects.), which today has grown to 6 (and soon 7 or 8) people. They have a ton of fun and build great products.

After moving to Silicon Valley he created Thumbies, an iPhone gaming controller that sticks onto an iPhone screen to provide tactile feedback.  This was licensed to Griffin, and sold at BestBuy locations nationwide.  

In 2011 he co-created Air Guitar Move, an awesome guitar-hero like hardware accessory for the iPhone, 'Air Guitar Move'.  They ran a successful kickstarted campaign, and also raised a small seed investment round.



Geppy's Bio

Geppy Parziale (@geppyp) has more than 15 years of experience in electronic hardware design and software development. During the last 12 years, he has been involved in international R&D projects related to computer vision, pattern recognition, and biometrics authentication. In 2008, he co-founded iNVASIVECODE and started crafting software and hardware solutions based on the iOS platform. He has extensive knowledge and hands-on experience on iOS and its frameworks. Since 2008, he also teaches developers around the world to create native iOS applications by providing 5-days intensive classes. He has various scientific publications and patents in the field of biometrics and machine vision. He has developed applications and frameworks for Apple, and some of his work is currently included in the latest releases of iOS, OS X and Xcode.

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  • Alfred L.

    Many of you requested Colin's and Geppy's deck. Here they are: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/i94y080qbe51r4i/xxIxb8oJxq

    October 7, 2013

  • Preet

    first half was strong, second half lagged

    October 4, 2013

  • Peter M.

    LIVE STREAM: Any chance to zoom in to the screen the presenter is projecting to? The small reflection on the right is our only chance to see what the presenter is showing. Thanks!

    October 3, 2013

    • Devarshi S.

      Hey Peter - unfortunately, don't think we can get an ideal exposure

      October 3, 2013

    • Peter M.

      No worries - hopefully you guys can share the slides when done...

      October 3, 2013

  • Devarshi S.

    Hi all,

    Here's the link for the livestream. The talks start at 7pm PST. Would love feedback on the audio quality - we are trying a new camera today.

    http://youtu.be/FccvnWhLDoU

    October 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      ok, so the live event streaming has stopped, its playing back the pre-event video now.

      October 3, 2013

    • Devarshi S.

      Hey Shahzada, try this link. Google hangout is acting up : http://youtu.be/M9CbB...­

      October 3, 2013

  • Devarshi S.

    New Link : Google hangout is acting up :)

    http://youtu.be/M9CbBJg3GAc

    October 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    For those of us who are not lucky enough to be in SFO for this, can you please share slides or upstream. :)

    October 1, 2013

    • Alfred L.

      Hi Shahzada, if connectivity permits, we'll have a livestream and we'll post a link to the video here. I'll request to deck for you as well. Stay tuned and I hope to see you in SFO one day!

      October 1, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      great, thanks. Will lookout for the link.

      October 3, 2013

  • Scott J.

    I hope this presentation describes the full bluetooth LE standard and not just turns into an ad for Apple's iBeacon. I am very worried that Apple is behaving like Microsoft used to do: take an open standard and wrap their own tech around it, making it proprietary. We used to scream when microsoft did this to web standards. If iBeacon isn't open (I really don't know but it doesn't appear to be) it will likely SET BACK the adoption of BTLE, not help it. I very much hope this meetup will shed light on this issue.

    4 · October 2, 2013

    • Devarshi S.

      Hey Scott - That's a great point. Colin and Geppy's talks will cover the technicals of BLE and how makers can incorporate it into building interesting user experiences - including, but not limited to iBeacon.

      October 3, 2013

  • Jim R.

    The hardware startup meetup has drifted to where it conflicts with the IoT meetup and it's now becoming a monthly choice I hate to make (IoT wins this month :-). I know it adds work, and it's not as if either group is starving for attendees, but it sure would be nice to be able to attend both.

    Alfred, any chance you and Nick could try to coordinate these dates?

    I cross-posted this to Hardware.

    1 · September 30, 2013

    • Alfred L.

      Hi Jim, thanks for reaching out. Meetup's are organized around multiple schedules so once in a while conflicts will occur. We are listening and looking into how we can avoid future scheduling conflicts.

      September 30, 2013

    • Alfred L.

      Also Jim, we have been putting up livestreams to our events. In case you cannot come, you can always watch the event afterward. I look forward to meeting you!

      1 · October 1, 2013

  • Anders M.

    Looks good, but I'll have to catch the live stream on this one..

    1 · September 22, 2013

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