Medical Smart Jacket Brings Mothers Hope

doctor looking at laptop

According to a 2016 UNICEF release, pneumonia kills half a million children under five in sub-Saharan Africa every year. “Many of those deaths are because of misdiagnosis,” says Brian Turyabagye, Uganda graduate and co-designer of MamaOpe Pneumonia kit. “In the villages and remote areas, children get sick – and the first reaction is to treat them for malaria. Most people are aware of malaria, and the signs for malaria and pneumonia are very similar, so it is difficult for health professionals to... Continue Reading

Bluetooth Brings VR One Step Closer to Real

Virtual reality is becoming more popular, with new applications appearing almost daily in arenas from games to medicine and training to travel. The more development we see, the more realistic VR gets, with fewer boundaries than ever. There are still some limitations, though. Until recently, moving around inside the VR environment has been a problem because most VR headsets can’t pick up on locomotion movements, like walking. Even for those that can, the user—wrapped up in the virtual world—might... Continue Reading

Bluetooth® 5 Arrives in Smartphones, Improving the Connections You Know and Love.

Bluetooth 5

Today, a mere five months after we formally adopted Bluetooth 5, the Samsung Galaxy S8 became the first smartphone to ship to consumers using the technology. To learn more, we recommend reading Computer Weekly's David McClelland’s great assessment of Bluetooth 5, its benefits, and what’s next, based on an interview with our own Steve Hegenderfer. So, what is next? Before we talk about where we are going, let’s talk about where we’ve been. Since its inception, Bluetooth technology has been in the... Continue Reading

Plotting the Future

At CES, it’s always fun to see the huge variety of products dreamed up by forward-thinking inventors whose imaginations know no bounds. Knowing this limitless creative spirit is possible in part because of Bluetooth—well, that’s a good feeling, too. Plott is translating the freedom of the IoT to devices that simplify complicated tasks. Their Cubit and Miletus devices combine smart measurement and calculation with Bluetooth connectivity and display so users can visualize changes they want to make... Continue Reading

Smile! You’re on Wireless Camera

Changing the way we do everyday things, like take photographs, is one of the most beautiful parts of the IoT. Not that long ago, the concept of “taking a selfie” entered our cultural consciousness; now everyone knows a selfie is taken with an outstretched arm and often results in getting fingers, or the unflattering undersides of our chins, in the photos. Until now. With a product that reminds us we should expect our sense of “the norm” to continually change, Podo Labs has completely altered the... Continue Reading

The Original Wearable Gets a Bluetooth Makeover

Innovation is one of the most exciting things about wireless technology, and it can come from anywhere. At CES this year, we had the opportunity to see cutting-edge applications and creative thinking from both startups and time-honored brands. Wearables are all the rage right now, offered by dozens or hundreds of different brands, but don’t think the creators of one of the original kinds of wearables aren’t in on the game: Timex is innovating right alongside the rest. For people who like the idea... Continue Reading

Meet the Imagine Blue Winner - Sara Du

Fortunately, not many young teenagers get stranded in the wilderness; fewer still come back inspired to use technology to prevent it from happening to anyone else. But that's what happened to Sara Du, the winner of this year's Student category for the Imagine Blue awards and creator of the Bluejay device. Sara wound up stranded due to a technology failure. "A few years ago, I volunteered at an event," she explains, "in this little valley between the mountains…After the event, everybody started to... Continue Reading

Beacon Technology with Bluetooth 5

Estimote Beacons

Some of the applications of the Internet of Things are easy for anyone to understand and appreciate, like smart watches or fitness bands, while others require imagination and vision to fully grasp. The latter, like beacon technology, signify our emergence into what was previously only a science-fiction world. Jakub Krzych is the CEO and co-founder of Estimote, makers of some of the beacon devices that are creating this transition. Estimote’s beacons, which come in size Small and Even Smaller, allow... Continue Reading

Meet the Bluetooth Pioneer: Celia Garrido-Hidalgo

"As long as I remember, I've always been amazed by the complexity of industrial processes, trying to discover which is the secret behind automation systems and industrial robots." So says Celia Garrido-Hidalgo, 23, who's quickly making a name for herself by innovating in the industrial space and was most recently named a student finalist in the Imagine Blue awards program. When Celia visited factories as part of her education, she says she "could feel how operators risk their lives by exposing themselves... Continue Reading

Tail-Wagging Wearable Wins Big

LINK AKC Bluetooth enabled collar

For centuries, poets, novelists, songwriters, filmmakers, and many others have tried to describe the intricate love and trust of the human-canine relationship, with varying degrees of success. But rather than describe it, one technology innovator has developed a device to strengthen and enhance that relationship. We chatted with Herbie Calves, CMO of Link AKC, which makes a Bluetooth- and GPS -enabled collar for humankind's best friend. Check out our conversation, in which Herbie describes how the... Continue Reading