Why only one connection?

EastPhillyEastPhilly Posts: 100Member
edited July 2012 in Support
Myself and other brought up some questions that have been answered with "One phone to one pebble" (http://forums.getpebble.com/topics/234) and "One pebble to one phone" (http://forums.getpebble.com/topics/164).

I just wanted to ask why this is the case? There seems to be a good amount of people who would like the option. I know CaffeineJunkie (I believe) said that the pebble's BT connectivity is set as a slave mode (allowing one connection) rather than host mode (up to 7 connections). Is it possible to change this?

I understand there would be some problems with the pebble being connected to multiple devices getting similar messages, too much information for the RAM to compute, etc.. and the possibility of confusion, but if done right I don't see where there would be a problem (other than a bit less battery life time per charge). I ask mostly because not everyone uses just 1 device. I know that our phones are supposed to be this magical device, but we have to face facts... they suck when it comes to battery. Given the parameters of Pebble and it's connections (Only will conect to a droid OS device or iOS device becuse of a needed app) I can see why this may have been overlooked, but I think that having the capability to connect to more than one device with these OS's would be a great thing.

**Examples**:
Smart Phone (for texts, emails, calls, apps, GPS) + OS Touch Device ~iPod Touch, new droid touch devices~ (music, apps) > Pebble

New Phone (for texts, emails, calls) + Old phone (music, GPS, apps) > Pebble ~my case~
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  • CaffeineJunkieCaffeineJunkie Posts: 2,264Moderator mod
    edited July 2012
    I'm by no means an expert on bluetooth, and this is only what I've read.

    I was under the impression that the Slave (one connection) and Host (up to 7 connections, was a one to many relationship, so you would have 1 Host and 7 Slaves. I did not believe you could set up a Host to Host connection, though PZBoys pointed out something called a Scatternet where several normal BT networks can connect.

    I dont know if it would be possible to establish a scatternet on a device like Pebble due to the capabilities of the bluetooth stack being used.
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  • EricEric Posts: 127Member
    edited July 2012
    We'll definitely be looking into it, but it's relatively low priority at the moment.
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  • EastPhillyEastPhilly Posts: 100Member
    edited July 2012
    Ok. Thanks for the replies!
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  • arnoldsitarnoldsit Posts: 2Member
    edited July 2012
    I have Jabra BT earphone that can connect to two BT devices simultaneously.
    I believe it's now quite common for a BT earphone to have this type of multiple connections to two phones at the same time.
    Is there any different that prevent this multiple connections be implemented to Pebble?
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  • pzboyzpzboyz Posts: 87Member
    edited July 2012
    Indeed the problem should not be in the actual chipset they have chosen, if they have any problems it will be the stack software running on the Cortex, which is kind of OK as that can be fixed in an update. A change to the chip would be a showstopper. So relax for now, Yes it would be a good thing to have, for most people a single connection is going to be fine.
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  • EricEric Posts: 127Member
    edited July 2012
    We're using a TI Bluetooth chip inside a Panasonic PAN1316 module. You're correct, the stack is running on the Cortex-M3 and can be updated over-the-air.
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  • pzboyzpzboyz Posts: 87Member
    edited July 2012
    Are you able or willing to state yet which BT stack you are using?
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  • EricEric Posts: 127Member
    edited July 2012
    Using a stack from Stonestreetone.
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  • ErikTijburgErikTijburg Posts: 1Member
    This would be a great feature for those of us that have to carry two phone.  I really love my pebble and I can say that I am more engaged with friends and family now that I get my txt and email on my wrist.  I love to be able to have both my personal and work phones connected.  I understand priorities and getting 2-way, as well as the sports api completely rolled out.  But as a power user of mobile tech I have to say that this is going to be a big feature request.
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