piBeacon: 7- tested Beacons

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piBeacon: 7- tested Beacons

May be
do you have any of the e scanners on your iPhone? Try to use that and see if they can find it.

In addition. Why buy something you need to buy again every year.


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Re: piBeacon: 7- tested Beacons

Karl,

Using eBeacon on my iPhone, I can see three Tile, which is all the tiles that I have. (see enclosed screen from eBeacon). The three include the new slim Tile and newly replaced regular tile. However, only the old regular tile shows in piBeacon.

Why do I have Tile? Simple, wife wants them for her keys, wallet and purse...not fighting a battle lost before it even starts...for my stuff, I use xy.

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I tried ebeacon. No success. Will try again.
Do you have tile ble access on when title not active?


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ok I have the tileSlim(e) now too on ebeacon.. don't know why they do not show up.. this will require some deeper dives

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tiles are not really iBeacon, but it works somehow. will need to add scanning for all BLE signals and then find how tile does it
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for anyone thats wants to read up on BLE standards:
http://www.ti.com/lit/an/swra475/swra475.pdf the packet structure

the program used to detect the beacons on the RPI filters out some BLE signals, eg no printers, tv .. headset. to catch the Tiles, I would need to change that filer to also allow for the new Tiles.

that is actually interesting ..


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Glad to help :-)

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Re: piBeacon: 7- tested Beacons

Although not strictly a beacon, I found that the Fitbit Flex exercise tracker functioned quite well as a beacon, with a range comparable to that of the FinditXYs... but when the battery died in my 18 month old Flex, I decided to replace it with a new Charge... which like the IPhone, appears to create a new UUID every time it syncs

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Re: piBeacon: 7- tested Beacons

Another beacon you can add to the list; these Magic Finder beacons from Office Depot (and likely elsewhere)

http://www.officedepot.com/a/products/567539/Magic-Finder-Tracking-Device-3-34/

for $13 US work fine. They're a bit bigger than the FinditXYs, and I don't know how long the battery lasts since I've only had this one a week, but it has a screw off port on the back to easily replace the 2032 when it does die.
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Fri Nov 25, 2016 11:21 pm
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Re: piBeacon: 7- tested Beacons

A nice feature of the (new) xy beacons:
the beep-button has its own mac number. So you have the (2) regular mac number devices and one that goes UP when you press the switch.
This can be used to eg switch on light .. it comes on in < 1 second and goes to "down" depending on your device setting. With "fast down" you can set it to 10 seconds. Then you could use it again.

all of my new ones (2) have the button mac number ending with 8 eg
00:EA:24:02:EC:04
00:EA:24:02:EC:07
00:EA:24:02:EC:08 <<== this one is the beep button.

the 07 and 04 behave identical i.e. go up and down together. so you could "ignore" one of them

Karl

new version will be posted tomorrow.. with some nice management features for the RPI .. and some minor bugs removed
next major version should have support raspberry shake as a sensor = earthquake sensor.. as soon as I get mine.

ps I just had to replace the batteries in my first version xy after > 7 months

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Re: piBeacon: 7- tested Beacons

the (again) new xy beacons v3 seem to work the same way as the xy-2 version: you get 3indigo-iBeacon devices with slightly different mac #(last digit) one of them is for the beep-button..
Together with "fast down" option in device edit this makes a nice on/off switch: eg if you come home the xy is recognized and if you them press the beep-button you can also trigger something else..

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Mon Dec 19, 2016 6:46 pm
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Re: piBeacon: 7- tested Beacons

the kickstarter puck node js devices work fine as iBeacons

my UUID looks like:
01050d095075636b2e6a73-8292-25444


Karl

ps a way to find the MAC number:
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sudo hciconfig hci0 up
sudo hcitool lescan
sudo hciconfig hci0 down

will output something like:
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D0:4F:7E:21:73:37 (unknown)
D0:4F:7E:21:73:37 (unknown)
CA:7A:66:53:54:04 (unknown)
F5:19:E6:7F:DC:DE Puck.js dcde
D0:4F:7E:21:73:37 (unknown)
D0:4F:7E:21:73:37 (unknown)


after that you need to restart the piBeacon system:
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cd pibeacon
sudo python master.py

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Re: piBeacon: 7- tested Beacons

got the new Tiles to be recognized, at least the flat wallet one .. don't have any other new tile

will post the new version later after some more testing

AND these setting for the iBeacon detection seem to work a little better (faster) and less skipped iBeacons(*):
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a beta is here:https://www.dropbox.com/s/wqyc0oi6g8bmq6p/piBeacon-v-7-34-33.zip?dl=1


(*) this setting will give it just a little bit more time ~0.5 secs and will do 2 loops to bluetooth interactions to get more messages.

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Re: piBeacon: 7- tested Beacons

UUDI --> Names
if you put this
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{
  "01": "Tile",
  "01050d095075636b2e6a73": "node-js",
  "01060303edfe05": "Tile-v2",
  "04180f1803190002020a0609ff0e0a00": "pebbleBee",
  "07775dd0111b11e491910800200c9a66": "xy2",
  "08885dd0111b11e491910800200c9a66": "xy3",
  "1804180f1803190002020a0808ff0e0a": "pebbleBee",
  "2f234454cf6d4a0fadf2f4911ba9ffa6": "radius",
  "e2c56db5dffb48d2b060d0f5a71096e0": "Jinju",
  "ebefd08370a247c89837e7b5634df524": "Jalee",
  "fda50693a4e24fb1afcfc6eb07647825": "Sanwo"
}

into the file /Users/youruserid/Documents/piBeacon/UUIDtoName
( first stop plugin, create file and restart plugin)

You will have the UUIDs mapped to a name (in the notes column) that is easier to read.
You could also create the file manually in the "pibeacon/menu/ Map UUID to Name" .
In the device/state=UUID listing you will still have the original UUID

Karl

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Re: piBeacon: 7- tested Beacons

Which would be the "best" iBeacon to detect car/people presence?
XY find it 2?

(I live in Germany, so they should available here/in EU)

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