2014 February

It’s showtime at Mobile World Congress 2014

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Mobile is heating up in Europe!  In 2011, we made our first trip to Barcelona to debut our all radio detecting Proximity Platform.  This act kicked the doors wide open to partnerships with Alcatel-Lucent for the debut of next generation call routing at the following CES and a relationship with the Intel software team, which was a precursor to their strategic investment in our company the following year.

This year we have teamed up with that same Software team from Intel to bring in-proximity device discovery to their Common Connectivity Framework (called CCF to those in the know)  which debuts at the WIPJam hackathon from the 24th through 26th.

MWC Venu

MWC Venue in Barcelona

NewAer is a great addition to Intel’s latest CCF framework for peer-to-peer communication. By leveraging the power of the NewAer Proximity Platform for discovery, and the new CCF communication node API you can easily build applications to leverage both proximity discovery and peer-to-peer communication. It is a snap to wire the NewAer API to the CCF discovery node system and unlock use cases like proximity based messaging or file transfer. Just a few lines of code are required to tie these two frameworks together to great result. An example of the simplicity of this on Android is at the end of this post.

In addition to the WIPJam event with Intel, we are presenting some of our applications like Share at the Four Years From Now (4YFN) SWELL Startup competition on February 25th.  Our good friends atWearableWorld.co are also having a Wearable Wednesday event on, you guessed it, Wednesday.

Additionally, we want to make sure you know about Intel’s Code for Good campaign to help connect and enrich the lives of every person on earth.  Even if they do not have access to the Internet. http://software.intel.com/codeforgood

All week we will be tweeting what we are up to at www.twitter.com/newaer and Intel Eventshttp://twitter.com/intelevents will be at their handle.

Before we sign off, Wired Magazine UK published our story on how the Internet began and how it has now evolved.  We follow that with the world moving towards devices as beacons, from Bluetooth 2.0 to modern BTLE, WiFi, cellular tower or even the upcoming LTE Direct, nicknamed LTE-D.  Our favorite quote from the story is “Why couldn’t we create valuable experiences from discovery of devices nearby, without the need to connect to them?”  That is how NewAer was born!

You can read it online here:  http://www.wired.co.uk/magazine/archive/2014/02/ideas-bank/yes-your-wireless-devices-shall-connect-seamlessly

And now that snippet of code that I promised you!

Here is how you enable in-proximity connections in Android between CCF and companion nodes via NewAer…   This could enable “AirDrop” functionality on Android, so cut, paste and hack away!

private void initializeNewAer() { // Wire device status to discovery node creation NAPlatform.get(this).registerDeviceStatusListener(new NADeviceStatusListener() { @Override public void onInRange(NADevice device) { if (device.getType() == NADeviceType.NEWAREA) { try { createOrJoinDN(device.getId()); } catch (StcException e) { Log.e(TAG, e); } } } @Override public void onOutOfRange(NADevice device) { if (device.getType() == NADeviceType.NEWAREA) { leaveDN(device.getId()); } } @Override public void onUnknown(NADevice device) { // Do nothing. } }); // Join any areas we are in range for already. for (NADevice device : NADevice.getAllUntaggedByType(this, NADeviceType.NEWAREA)) { try { if (device.getStatus() == NADeviceStatus.IN_RANGE) { createOrJoinDN(device.getId()); } } catch (StcException e) { Log.e(TAG, e); } } } private void createDN(String nodeName) throws StcException { if(validateCloudServerStatus()){ ccfService.getSTCLib().createDiscoveryNode(nodeName, EnumSet.of(NodeFlags.PUBLISH)); } } private void createOrJoinDN(String id) throws StcException { try { createDN(id); } catch (StcException e) { joinDN(id); } } private void joinDN(String nodeName) throws StcException { if(validateCloudServerStatus()){ ccfService.getSTCLib().joinDiscoveryNode(nodeName, EnumSet.of(NodeFlags.PUBLISH)); } } private void leaveDN(String value) { try { if(validateCloudServerStatus()){ ccfService.getSTCLib().leaveDiscoveryNode(value, EnumSet.of(NodeFlags.PUBLISH)); } } catch (StcException e) { Log.e(TAG, e); } }

Finally, our blog makes a move from Blogger to our own site.  We thank Google for years of hosted content, and look forward to this new platform!