MetaWear Scanner

Scanning and discovery of MetaWear devices is done through the MetaWearScanner. The manager also maintains a list of previously saved MetaWear’s for simple re-connecting.

Shared Manager

The MetaWearScanner class has a global shared instance, or you can create your own.


Scanning for MetaWears

It’s simple to start scanning for advertising MetaWear devices using the MetaWearScanner:

MetaWearScanner.shared.startScan(allowDuplicates: false) { (device) in
    print("Found MetaWear: \(device)")

Scanning for Nearby MetaWears

In the previous example we set startScan(allowDuplicates: false) which meant that the handler block would be invoked only when a new MetaWear was detected. However, by allowing duplicates the handler block will be invoked each time an advertisement packet is detected (even from an already detected MetaWear).

This feature is handy because the rssi property on the discovered MetaWear objects get continually updated, so you can get a real time sense for how far it is from the Apple device.

let MIN_ALLOWED_RSSI = -45; // Depending on your specific application this value will change!

MetaWearScanner.shared.startScan(allowDuplicates: true) { (device) in
    // Reject if the signal strength is too low to be close enough (find through experiment)
    guard let rssi = device.averageRSSI(), rssi > MIN_ALLOWED_RSSI else {
    // At this point we have a close MetaWear, do what you please with it!

Retrieving MetaWears

It’s common to want to reconnect to the same MetaWear. For that, you can call the remember method on MetaWear, and then use the scanner to retrieve it later on:

The array is ordered so the first device remembered is at index 0, next device at index 1, and so on.

MetaWearScanner.shared.retrieveSavedMetaWearsAsync().continueOnSuccessWith { array in
    let savedDevice = array.first