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Unit Testing Android BLE Code with RxAndroidBle

In this post, we look at what RxAndroidBle offers as far as unit testing is concerned, and we’ll also walk through a case study of unit testing a common BLE business logic. Seasoned Android developers will no doubt have heard of RxJava—a JVM implementation of Reactive Extensions (ReactiveX, or Rx for short). For developers whose projects follow this Rx paradigm and also require interacting with BLE devices, RxAndroidBle is a great…
Tyler Cadman - senior embedded engineer at Punch Through

Meet the Team – Tyler Cadman

At Punch Through, we encourage everyone to proudly be themselves and want you to know the people behind the work that we’re so proud of. That’s why we launched our “Meet the Team” series, where we introduce you to one of our team members…
Julian Hays, mobile software engineer

Meet the Team – Julian Hays

At Punch Through, we encourage everyone to proudly be themselves and want you to know the people behind the work that we’re so proud of. That’s why we launched our “Meet the Team” series, where we introduce you to one of our team members…
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Creating a BLE Peripheral with BlueZ

While I’m fairly well-versed in working with BLE on an embedded device, I have so far had little experience with using BLE at a higher level. To help remedy this, I underwent the task of creating a BLE peripheral running a GATT server on a…
Ryan Kornetzke - embedded engineer at Punch Through

Meet the Team – Ryan Kornetzke

At Punch Through, we encourage everyone to proudly be themselves and want you to know the people behind the work that we’re so proud of. That’s why we launched our “Meet the Team” series, where we introduce you to one of our team members…
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Our 5 Favorite Kotlin Features

When Swift was released by Apple for iOS developers, Android developers were in awe and envious of this modern programming language that provides null-safety and an expressive yet concise syntax. Thankfully, the Android Studio 3.0 release in 2017…
Ultimate Guide to BLE and Android

The Ultimate Guide to Android Bluetooth Low Energy

With its ability to consume very little power yet still provide the connectivity to communicate with small devices, more and more people are looking to hop on the Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) bandwagon for Android apps. Unfortunately, the Android…
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Meet the Team – Henry Anfang

At Punch Through, we encourage everyone to proudly be themselves and want you to know the people behind the work that we’re so proud of. That’s why we launched our “Meet the Team” series, where we introduce you to one of our team members…
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Meet the Team – Chee Yi Ong

At Punch Through, we encourage everyone to proudly be themselves and want you to know the people behind the work that we’re so proud of. That’s why we launched our “Meet the Team” series, where we introduce you to one of our team members…
Engineering Intern, Wally

My First Few Months as an Engineering Intern

As a Senior in college, my worries begin to shift away from school and turn to my professional career. Internships play a large role in the preparation of entering the workforce and I am finding it more of a relevant concern. Information Technology…
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Meet the Team – Charlie Kellerman

At Punch Through, we encourage everyone to proudly be themselves and want you to know the people behind the work that we’re so proud of. That’s why we launched our “Meet the Team” series, where we introduce you to one of our team members…
Gretchen Walker - mobile software engineer

Meet the Team – Gretchen Walker

At Punch Through, we encourage everyone to proudly be themselves and want you to know the people behind the work that we’re so proud of. That’s why we launched our “Meet the Team” series, where we introduce you to one of our team members…
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Meet the Team – Amanda Nguyen

At Punch Through, we encourage everyone to proudly be themselves and want you to know the people behind the work that we’re so proud of. That’s why we launched our “Meet the Team” series, where we introduce you to one of our team members…
Andy Lee standing in the Punch Through office

Meet the Team – Andy Lee

At Punch Through, we encourage everyone to proudly be themselves and want you to know the people behind the work that we’re so proud of. That’s why we launched our “Meet the Team” series, where we introduce you to one of our team members…
Alec Letourneau standing in Punch Through office

Meet the Team – Alec Letourneau

At Punch Through, we encourage everyone to proudly be themselves and want you to know the people behind the work that we’re so proud of. That’s why we launched our “Meet the Team” series, where we introduce you to one of our team members…
Erin standing in Punch Through office

Meet the Team – Erin Moore

At Punch Through, we encourage everyone to proudly be themselves and want you to know the people behind the work that we’re so proud of. That’s why we launched our “Meet the Team” blog post series, where we introduce you to one of our team…
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What to Expect when Applying at Punch Through

Looking for a new job is stressful. There’s very little satisfaction in applying to jobs online, and the hiring process can be confusing. You spend hours online reading about various companies, scour through job descriptions, and fill out…
Intern Louis in the Punch Through office with an office dog, Archer

Meet the Team – Louis Barrett

We encourage everyone to proudly be themselves and want you to know the people behind the work that we're so proud of. That's why we are launching a "Meet the Team" blog post series, which highlights one of our team members.  Meet Louis,…
Karel standing in the Minneapolis Punch Through office

Meet the Team – Karel Kalthoff

We encourage everyone to proudly be themselves and want you to know the people behind the work that we're so proud of. That's why we are launching a "Meet the Team" blog post series, which highlights one of our team members.  Meet Karel,…
Computer coding with Android and Bluetooth symbol - Android BLE tips

4 Tips to Make Android BLE Actually Work

Android development is hard, and it's no thanks to its relatively fragmented ecosystem and having a million OEM’s out there. Throw BLE—which is extremely hardware and Bluetooth spec. dependent!—into the mix and the platform's behavior becomes…
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CoreNFC – The Missing Link

Near-field communication (NFC) is standardized by ISO/IEC 18092. While not a new technology it has become more important with the proliferation of mobile devices. Phone manufacturers have increasingly begun to incorporate NFC hardware in their…
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Maximizing BLE Throughput on iOS and Android

Still confused about how fast you can really send data over Bluetooth Low Energy? It's not just you. A google search will turn up many incomplete answers. Each OS and device has it’s own restrictions, such as connection interval and number of…
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WTF is an iBeacon

At this year’s WWDC, Apple quietly announced one of their upcoming products for iOS 7, the iBeacon. Even if you’ve been following WWDC and the iOS 7 announcements, you might not have heard of the iBeacon. And even if you’ve heard the name,…
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How GAP and GATT Work

Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) is a protocol developed by Bluetooth SIG that builds on the lessons learned from building lots of Bluetooth Classic devices. Compared to Bluetooth Classic, BLE consumes less power, requires less time and effort to…
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Testing Bluetooth Low Energy Devices

Bluetooth Low Energy is a new Bluetooth standard that is exciting for a couple reasons- it enables very low power battery applications, and it further opens the smartphone accessory market. LightBlue allows you to test and simulate Bluetooth Low…