Anaren’s Wireless Group announced that it will release version 1.5 of its Atmosphere development platform in the coming weeks. The combined local and on-line software tool set helps manufacturers at every RF-design skill-level build applications for mobile devices and programs for embedded devices simultaneously. This capability allows developers to quickly and painlessly design an embedded system and turn a mobile Bluetooth® Smart device, such as an iPad, iPhone, or Android-based device, into a mobile control panel to interact with the embedded system. The software platform works with the AIR for WICED Smart Bluetooth modules, developer board, and Anaren’s AIR modules. The modules are low-cost, surface-mount radio modules that feature Bluetooth Smart and Wi-Fi technology.
The version 1.5 release will feature better connector highlighting for workflow; the availability of new elements for mobile apps, and Phone gap plugin support for these new elements, such as Vibrate, Beep, Device Info, Network Info, Alert, Confirm, and Prompt. The upgrade features a substantial Android BLE improvement and other performance enhancements, along with several bug fixes. In addition, a Geolocation element is slated to be included.
“This upgrade to Atmosphere, combined with the AIR for WICED product, makes it even easier for designers, innovators, and end-equipment manufacturers looking for intuitive, easy-to-use developer tools to simplify the challenge of ‘going wireless’ and speed up their time to market,” said Mark Bowyer, Director of Wireless Business Development for Anaren. “We believe we are the only company that allows an embedded developer to generate and push software to both the end device -- and the mobile device simultaneously,” added Bowyer.
Anaren is already working to develop the features of what will be version 2.0, including expanded project platform selection and new elements for Wi-Fi. Version 2.0, a major release, is expected to launch in early spring, 2016. For now, Anaren Atmosphere version 1.5 will be available for demonstration at the Embedded World Exhibition & Conference held in Germany at the Nuremberg Exhibition Centre from February 23-25, 2016.