Nonpolynomial Software Updates for January 19, 2021

Another week, another release of almost every piece of software in our stack!

btleplug 0.5.5

btleplug is our cross platform Rust Bluetooth LE library, which Buttplug uses for all bluetooth access.

Updates include:

  • Dependency update to fix issues with async-std v1.9 API move, needed so apps using Buttplug would build at all (we depended on some unstable things that ended up disappearing).
  • Preparation for bringing in a new Bluez core thanks to some contributor work!

Buttplug Rust v2.0.2

It’s been almost a month since releasing Buttplug Rust v1, so now obviously it’s time to release v2!…?

This is mostly a cleanup release, but some of that cleanup had fairly major effects on the surface API, hence the major version roll.

v2.0.0 and v2.0.1 were both yanked due to bugs found quickly after release, so v2.0.2 is really the first released version of the v2 chain.

Updates include:

  • Move our internal channel structures to using tokio-rs‘s sync module, as its mpsc and broadcast modules are more suited for our needs (blog post on this endeavor coming soon).
  • Restructured internal event loops to make things cleaner
  • Fixes for device scanning and discovery issues with the Lovense Dongle
  • Added hardware support for the Lovense Ferri

Buttplug JS v1.0.3, Buttplug C# v1.0.9

Not a lot to say here, other than “there were updates”. Both Buttplug JS and Buttplug C# got updates to Buttplug Rust v2.0.2, but the only change that may be visible is that Rust panics (crashes) are now communicated through the logging system, so more information can be provided for debugging.

Intiface CLI v25, Intiface GHR v11

Same as the FFI libraries, Intiface CLI (used in Intiface Desktop) and the Game Haptics Router was mostly an update to Buttplug Rust v2.0.2, along with the same addition for more crash logging.

Here’s hoping it’s more than a month before Buttplug Rust v3 needs to be a thing.

Nonpolynomial Software Updates for January 10, 2021

I made a rule for myself that I’d wait 2 days after any software update to announce it on the blog, just to make sure I didn’t have to go back and fix even more things and flood the blog with “fixes and performance improvement” posts. The last blog being 2 weeks ago says a lot about the release schedule lately.

Thanks to a lot of interaction with developers using the libraries after the v1 launch, I’ve been making a ton of patches and bugfixes. There’s a pretty severe lack of tests in several parts of the platform at the moment, so it’s a very “testing in production” situation. With production for our software being what it is, it means seeing bug reports like “multiple gigabyte memory leaks during hours of intimate hardware usage.”

Anyways, here’s a list of things I threw the fire extinguisher at over the past 2 weeks:

Buttplug Rust

buttplug-rs is now at v1.0.5, having seen the following major updates since v1.0.2:

  • XInput (XBox compatible gamepads) will now emit disconnect events, as well as rescanning every 1 second during the scanning period (versus only scanning once then stopping until StartScanning is called again)
  • Fixed bug with Bluetooth LE scanning missing some devices in certain situations.
  • Contributor Patch: Fix handling of Sync/Send traits on certain future types
  • Contributor Patch: LTO now used on release builds, shrinking library size by about 12%.
  • Contributor Patch: Support for LiBo, Prettylove toys. Thanks to the good people at IOSTIndex for this patch.

Buttplug C#

buttplug-csharp is now at v1.0.8, having seen the following major updates since v1.0.2:

  • Updated Rust dependency to v1.0.5, so all previously mentioned fixes/additions for buttplug-rs are available
  • Fix issue with device disconnect/reconnect causing collisions in the C# API
  • Fix issue with certain commands not triggering on all features as expected (i.e. a device with multiple vibrators only has one that reacts to commands, when all should react)
  • Contributor Patch: Fix issue with events not doing null checks, thus throwing if no listener is available.

Buttplug JS

buttplug-js is now at v1.0.2, having seen the following major updates since v1.0.1:

  • Updated Rust dependency to v1.0.5, so all previously mentioned fixes/additions for buttplug-rs are available
  • That’s about it, really. Most of the major fixing has been in device access in our native libraries. JS certainly still has bugs, but is currently seeing less complaints about them.

Intiface Game Haptics Router

After getting all of these library updates done, I’m finally moving back to being able to work on some of our first party applications. This includes the Intiface Game Haptics Router, the gamepad-rumble-to-sex-toy-control mod maintain.

The GHR is now at v10, which includes the following major updates:

  • GHR can now connect to Intiface Desktop, as well as still using a standalone version of Buttplug that it comes with.
  • Settings are now persisted between sessions
  • XInput hooked processes can now be detached/reattached (Unity VR hooked processes still can’t detach yet).
  • Sped up process finding by a factor of however many processors you have.
  • Users can now set packet gaps, to reduce issues with command flooding to toys.

That’s it for now. Be on the lookout for updates to programs like Intiface Desktop and VAMLaunch, and of course more fixes and features in the core library soon!