What Bluetooth Developers Should Know About Android O

Android Robot

Google officially announced Android O on May 17 at its developer conference, Google I/O. Android O is now available to ordinary users. As in the past, Google had initially released a developer preview version, to give them an overview of the next generation of Android[1]. Let’s take a look at what Android O means for Bluetooth developers. First of all, I’d like to tell you how Android versions are named. Google uses letters of the alphabet, allocated at each new release in alphabetical order. Those... Continue Reading

Smart IoT 2017, Hong Kong

An audience enthralled with a Bluetooth SIG speaking engagement

Smart IoT Hong Kong is coming up on 24 May at the HKCEC and I have the pleasure of joining the event as a speaker.  At 14:10 on the 24th, I will speak on Bluetooth 5 and how it will power the beacon market. This is a topic I am passionate about as I have been blown away by the way the beacon market has become so popular.. Bluetooth beacons are specifically popular in the retail market.  According to ABI Research, the number of beacons will surpass 565 million by 2021. Beacon applications not only... Continue Reading

Bloodhound Race for the Line and Bluetooth

1000mph in a car No, that’s not a typo. One thousand miles per hour (mph). In a car. Gulp! Bloodhound SSC is a British, supersonic land vehicle being built for the purpose of achieving a new land speed world record. The current world record is held by Wing Commander Andy Green, a British Royal Air Force pilot, who achieved a speed of 760 mph in 1997. The goal of the Bloodhound SSC project is to achieve or exceed 1000 mph. As you’d imagine, a project like this, will encounter and need to solve, all... Continue Reading

Extending the Reach of the Web to Bluetooth Devices

There's this new thing called the World Wide Web Do you remember life before the internet? Or more to the point, before the World Wide Web (WWW)? No? OK. But you do remember life before Facebook, right? No? Oh dear. You're clearly just trying to make me feel old. And succeeding. Well thank you very much! Because some of us, myself included, do indeed remember life before the WWW. Just about. A long time ago in a galaxy actually not very far away at all.... The WWW was born. And for a good while, 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