Bluetooth launches Developer Studio to speed up app creation

A software-based tool kit that cuts developer learning time for Bluetooth technology by 70 per cent and speeds up product development has been unveiled.

The Bluetooth Developer Studio (BDS) will allow users to create consistent Bluetooth implementations more quickly across multiple chipsets and platforms.

Steve Hegenderfer, director of developer programs at Bluetooth SIG, said: “The SIG has put tremendous focus on building tools and programs to help developers get to market faster and reduce learning time.

“Providing tools like this for the industry makes it possible for developers, innovators or anyone with an idea for the IoT to bring their product idea to market quickly and inexpensively.”

The toolset is a graphical, GATT-based application development and debugging tool that could cut Bluetooth education time by up to 50 per cent. It features tutorials and code samples to jump-start development.

The BSD’s drag-and-drop functionality lets developers find the Bluetooth profile they need, build on it and create their project quickly. The tool auto-generates code from third-party solutions, such as Bluetooth chip and module suppliers and can test with both virtual and physical device options.

“With over three billion Bluetooth-enabled devices shipping this year alone, ensuring a reliable user experience is a huge priority for developers around the globe,” said Hegenderfer.

“The tool also gives developers a chance to share their implementations with the larger Bluetooth developer community. They can share reference designs or simply publish their custom use cases for others to use or build from.”

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