Answers to Your Questions About Bluetooth Mesh

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In our recent webinar: What Makes Bluetooth Mesh So Disruptive?, Bluetooth SIG Mesh Working Group Chair Szymon Slupik from Silvair, Inc. provided a unique look into the development of the Bluetooth mesh specifications. In this webinar, Slupik also explained why the creation of this Bluetooth standard will lead to massive disruption in building automation, wireless sensor networks, asset tracking, and more. The webinar prompted more than 100 great questions from our live audience and, since we didn’t... Continue Reading

ABI Research Forecasts a Bright Bluetooth Future

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It’s been a pivotal year for Bluetooth technology, and a recent report published by ABI Research indicates that Bluetooth will continue to catalyze the IoT for years to come. ABI forecasts that Bluetooth devices will break 5 billionshipments by 2021 as new opportunities, use cases, and device types open up to meet developer and consumer demands. “While smartphones and audio accessories remain Bluetooth’s largest markets, the technology is becoming more attractive to low-power IoT applications,” Continue Reading

Bluetooth Supports Rapid IoT Growth in China

With $14.4 trillion projected industry growth over the next decade and $1.7 trillion in the next five years there’s a lot of money to be made in the IoT! ABI Research also predicts there will be 14 billion Bluetooth devices by 2020 and China is helping it get there. With nearly all phones and tablets containing Bluetooth, consumers and enterprises have a ready user interface to the IoT. China Poised for Growth In the rapidly growing Chinese market, the IoT is poised to explode. I recently traveled... Continue Reading

Vote For Your Favorite Bluetooth SXSW 2017 Panels

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We love SXSW!It's time to vote for the South by Southwest sessions you want to see showcased in 2017. The massive, 10-day conference and festival is held each year in Austin, Texas. Last year, nearly 100,000 thought leaders and innovative companies attended SXSW, including the Bluetooth SIG. For 2017, we submitted four engaging sessions, each exploring a different avenue of how Bluetooth impacts our world. We are asking you to help us by casting your vote by Friday, 2 September.To vote, simply log... Continue Reading

Bluetooth 5 Rocks Discover Blue: London

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Discover Blue Hits LondonAt the Bluetooth SIG, we talk a lot about how Bluetooth technology opens up more possibilities for companies and developers to build an accessible and interoperable Internet of Things (IoT). Which is why it’s always exciting when our Discover Blue media events roll around and we actually get to see and play with the cool IoT gadgets and solutions that our members are creating.Discover Blue hit London for the third time in the UK. Eight of EMEA’s most innovative SIG member... Continue Reading

Bluetooth and the BBC micro:bit: Introducing Young People to an Unthinkably Connected World

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Part 2: Designing the Profile for the micro:bitPart 2 of my BBC micro:bit series takes a much closer look at its Bluetooth capabilities and describes the way in which the micro:bit’s default Bluetooth profile was designed. Check out part 1, where I described the background to the micro:bit, it’s hardware features and architecture.Designing the micro:bit Bluetooth profileMy first BBC micro:bit meeting was in the spring of 2014 and involved the BBC plus micro:bit partners Lancaster University, ARM... Continue Reading

John Oliver Questions Outdated 9-1-1 Call Centers; Bluetooth is the Answer

John Oliver Questions Outdated 9-1-1 Call Centers; Bluetooth is the Answer

One of the most exciting parts of working with the Bluetooth SIG is seeing our member companies use Bluetooth technology to create innovative solutions that address real-world issues. It’s even more exciting when these topics come up on amazing shows like Last Week Tonight, with John Oliver. Recently, the long-form comegy news show tackled the need for improved technology to aid first responders and we shouted at the TV, “Bluetooth does that!”More specifically, BeaconOutlets (formerly called SmarterSockets) Continue Reading

At Home, In the Car, and Anywhere You Can Imagine

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As we highlighted in an earlier blog discussing our recent consumer survey, Bluetooth technology is widely available, offers seamless interoperability, and “just works”—all of which makes it a go-to for consumers when it comes to streaming audio at home, connecting accessories to their computers, and other “basic” wireless functionality. What we didn’t touch on, however, was the wide range of increasingly complex IoT use cases consumers are starting to demand of their wireless technology. The good... Continue Reading

Bluetooth Brand Perception: Beacons Directing the Sirens

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How many times have you owned a gadget, used it for a long time, felt very comfortable with it and thought you knew all its features and functionality. Then a friend comes along, flicks a button on the side, and you exclaim, “I never knew it could do THAT!”If that sounds familiar, then based on our 2016 Brand Perception report, consumer attitudes towards Bluetooth technology are in a similar place.Awareness of Bluetooth has never been higher, and knowledge of the technology and its uses has also... Continue Reading