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ABI Research forecasts a bright Bluetooth future

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

Get ready for Bluetooth mesh!

I couldn’t be more excited in my 4 years here at the Bluetooth SIG than I am right now! We are on the cusp of releasing Bluetooth 5, which is great, but Bluetooth mesh is right on its heels. In fact, Bluetooth SIG members can start prototyping with mesh today, as the working group just released the 0.9 version of the specification. This is HUGE! While there are a LOT of great things to LOVE about Bluetooth 5 (especially the bigger payload size for advertisements), I am REALLY excited about mesh…let... Continue Reading

The IoT brings convenience to holiday travel

The holidays are here again(how did this year go by so fast?), and if you’re like me you probably have some travel coming up- to visit family, reunite with friends or, hopefully, to get away from the craziness that comes with the holidays (ie a trip to a beach?). If you’re a seasoned traveler you probably already have your noise-cancelling, wireless headphones packed- but you may not be aware of all the convenience, comfort and security the Internet of Things is providing to people on the go. Did... Continue Reading

Cassia Networks on IoT Podcast

Stacey Higginbotham highlighted Cassia Networks, a Bluetooth SIG member company on IoT Podcast. Cassia Networks is dedicated to providing customers with the freedom to connect and control Bluetooth devices throughout the smart home, enterprise, and beyond. Stacey spoke with Van Krueger, VP of U.S. Operations at Cassia Networks, about why Cassia chose to use Bluetooth technology in its products and why interoperability and collaboration are key to achieving this mission. Bluetooth enables the Cassia... Continue Reading

This Wearable is Changing How Endurance Athletes Train

On this week’s episode of IoT Podcast with Stacey Higginbotham, Alessandro Babini, the CEO of Bluetooth SIG member company Humon, had the opportunity to talk about the benefits the Humon Beta wearable delivers to athletes. The Humon wearable helps endurance athletes train smarter by monitoring the way their muscles are using oxygen in real-time. The wearable straps onto the athlete’s thigh and pairs via Bluetooth technology with your smartphone to monitor your muscle oxygenation level, making recommendations... Continue Reading

Blue is Local: Supporting Kirkland Startup Weekend

Last weekend, Bluetooth participated in the Kirkland Startup Weekend, an annual event that encourages innovators to collaborate on new ideas. Each year, Kirkland Startup Weekend gives individuals the opportunity to pitch their startup ideas, form teams around top proposals, and then scramble to establish a business model, code, design, and support their concept with market validation. In just 54-hours, this wild event sparks grand ideas for the Internet of Things. Kicking off on Friday, the SIG’s... Continue Reading

Microsoft has a secret weapon to leapfrog the Smart Home competition

That secret weapon is a device that sits in 20 million living rooms already waiting to power the Smart Home. It has the Cortana personal assistant, a cloud backend, runs Windows 10 apps and could connect to your home devices. What is it? Introducing the Xbox One S. The S is the new hot selling console based on the Xbox One platform, but with some huge improvements. The console is 40% smaller than the Xbox One and it has 4K! It can play the new 4K UHD Blu-ray discs, and with the prices of 4K TVs... Continue Reading

Battling Beasts with Bluetooth Board Games

Update: Sensible Objects recently attended Discover Blue: London where they showed off its Bluetooth game, Beasts of Balance. read the Q&A and watch the video to see this physical, and virtual, world game.  Board games have been enjoying a surge in popularity in recent years. From age-old favourite Monopoly to more recent classics such as Settlers of Catan, sitting around a table to play games is back in vogue. And for lovers of games like Jenga, there’s a new kid on the block, and he’s sporting Bluetooth technology. Continue Reading

Selecting a Bluetooth Microcontroller—a Developer’s Perspective

There are two major branches of Bluetooth application development. One is mobile platform development like smartphones and tablets running on iOS, Android or other mobile operating systems. The other is embedded application development. I often get questions from Bluetooth low energy developers who are curious, “how can I select a suitable Bluetooth LE embedded microcontroller for my prototype or product?” In this blog, I outline some tips for choosing the right one. Module/Chipset Most Bluetooth... Continue Reading

Bluetooth Developer Studio Adds Packet Capture

Bluetooth Developer Studio is about assisting developers who want to learn more about Bluetooth technology including general terminology, designing/modeling, prototyping/functional testing, generating stub code, physical testing and documenting. We announced availability of our first dot release, v1.1. It adds features to improve how you learn about Bluetooth: Protocol Viewer Online Help Tooltips Let’s countdown while digging a little deeper. Number 3—Tooltips Tooltips are now part of the major... Continue Reading