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BluePiano: Bluetooth Keyboard-Wedge for Android

BluePiano represents a smart keyboard-wedge software for Android phones or tablets. It supports devices like external Bluetooth barcode scanners, RFID readers or GPS devices supporting the Bluetooth serial port profile (RFCOMM). BluePiano collects and injects device data into Android Apps, modifications of the target apps are not required.

 

BluePiano for Android

Free Download: Bluetooth Keyboard Wedge

Bluetooth Wedge

Soft-Keyboard

For Bluetooth SPP/RFCOMM

Data Collection with each App

Bluetooth-Wedge for Android

BluePiano: Android Bluetooth Keyboard Wedge

BluePiano extends arbitrary Android apps with automated and universal data collection capabilities.

BluePiano works as a so-called keyboard wedge: such a keyboard wedge captures device data and forwards this data by simulating user-input to target apps. Captured device data appears as entered by the user in the input field of the target application - without manual typing:

  • Accelerated, automated data acquisition (e.g. when scanning bar-codes with an external Bluetooth scanner).
  • Compatible with all serial Bluetooth devices (Bluetooth SPP - serial port profile respective RFCOMM).
  • Captured data is injected into input-fields of arbitrary target apps.
  • Transparent data collection via simulated user-input.
  • Additional key on the soft-keyboard for recovering lost Bluetooth connections.
  • Simulation rules for target application specific cursor control.
  • Keyboard languages (English, German, French, Russian and Swedish) are selected automatically according to the system language.

BluePiano is very user-friendly: After downloading and installing BluePiano a setup assistant supports the configuration of the keyboard wedge. The soft-keyboard notifies users in case of lost Bluetooth connections using the notification bar or via a meaningful symbol on the additional Bluetooth key. Recovering lost connections is possible with a single tap (e.g. Bluetooth scanner out of range). The integrated camera scanner is useful for backup purposes.

BluePiano Video

BluePiano: Android Keyboard Wedge for Bluetooth Devices

More video tutorials focusing on data acquisition with Android devices are available on YouTube!

Bluetooth Data Collection

Bluetooth SPP/RFCOMM

Automated Data Collection

For all Apps

Soft-Keyboard

BluePiano at a Glance

Bluetooth SPP/RFCOMM DevicesSupports all Bluetooth® devices with serial port profile (SPP or RFCOMM).
Robust Bluetooth ConnectionsIf possible, BluePiano recovers lost Bluetooth connection (e.g. device out of range) automatically. Manual reconnecting is possible with a single tap.
Bluetooth Data CollectionBluetooth data is received and forwarded automatically into arbitrary target applications. Captured data appears to the target application like normal user input.
Simulation ModesApplication specific cursor control by means of adjustable control sequences.
Bluetooth ParametersIn order to save energy, BluePiano connection parameters can be fine-tuned (e.g. connection time out, connection interval and connection retries). The notification method in case of lost Bluetooth connections is also adjustable (via notification bar or via an additional key on the soft-keyboard).
Data PacketsIncoming Bluetooth data is divided automatically into packets (by the time required for receiving the data, by a delimiter sequence or by size in bytes).
Transparent Keyboard Wedge OperationThe soft-keyboard transforms captured Bluetooth data into virtual keystrokes. Simulating special function keys (like ENTER, TAB, LEFT, ...) is supported, controlling the input focus is possible.
Hotkey SupportThe standard search key can be used to invoke the integrated camera scanner.
Integrated Engine for Barcode ScanningThe built-in camera scanner (based on the app Barcode Scanner from the ZXing team) serves as backup barcode scanning system.
Android VersionAndroid 1.6 or higher

FAQ & Support

Free Support

General Bluetooth SPP Information

On some earlier Android smart phone models it is not possible to reliably connect to a Bluetooth SPP device: Due to buggy Bluetooth firmware BluePiano may complain about so-called SPP errors (see BluePiano device manager - long tap on the "?123" key of the BluePiano keyboard). These steps may solve the problem:

  • Quit all Bluetooth related apps on the smart phone.
  • Remove the Bluetooth pairing to the device causing the troubles (see Android Settings).
  • Switch off Bluetooth (see Android Settings).
  • Reboot the Android device.
  • Activate Bluetooth again (Android Settings).
  • Re-pair with the device in question.
  • Configure and use BluePiano as intended.

Please do not hesitate to benefit from our free BluePiano support. Simply contact us!

Installation

Google Play

App Installer

Bulk-Licensing

Free Demo App

BluePiano is available in Google Play as free demo or as paid full version (just search for the term BluePiano or scan the barcode on the right with your handset). The free demo version of BluePiano replaces captured device data in irregular intervals with a demo-text.

For users with bulk-license requirements or without access to Google Play, TEC-IT offers a special BluePiano version for download on this web-site. This version can be activated with activation keys provided by TEC-IT (internet access is required once for activation). Just contact us for more information.

Feedback

Testimonials

THANK YOU! For creating your barcode keyboard for Android. It is EXACTLY what my clients need to use my web-based software.

Patrick Weir (President) - MyDigitalDoorman


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