This isn’t particularly imp related, but I thought I’d put it to the forum to see if any resident iOS experts might be able to point me in the right direction on a new project I’m looking into.
Had a friend ask if there was some way I could set things up so he could use his iPad to (wirelessly, and locally) monitor real time data from a sensor he uses. (This device outputs a very small RS-485 data packet, about a dozen bytes, every 2 sec. I’d build the interface gizmo to make it wireless, perhaps using the imp, then figure out how to receive/display the data).
I’m looking into making some sort of simple iOS app, (though it could maybe even be something browser-based), to present the data as the user has expressed a preference to use the iPad for display. Problem is I’m a little (ok, maybe more than a little) rusty on my iOS programming. I’ve done a few simple apps a while back, but nothing that involved any networking. Am currently coming back up to speed, including now using some networking for app --> device control … but I’ve not yet quite got my head around exactly what’s involved in receiving real time data within an app. So, this is where some direction would really be helpful.
I’m not looking for a lot of detail, but would appreciate any general guidance on what I would need to do to get from here to there … what I should read up on, any similar projects/code examples that I might look into, etc.
Also, I realize that an imp-based approach might not be the best strategy given that the data is pretty much needed only over a local network, so any thoughts on alternatives I might consider would also be appreciated. (I’m discounting BLE due to range considerations, so have been considering WiFi or other RF link possibilities).