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

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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

Turning the World Blue: 2017 Conference Dates Announced

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Bluetooth technology is transforming how we interact with technology and the world at large. Creators, developers, and designers are using Bluetooth to turn their dreams - and the dreams of consumers, as well as commercial and industrial enterprises - into a reality. We’re excited to announce that these innovators will come together 28-29 March 2017 at the Santa Clara Convention Center for Bluetooth World 2017 to turn the world blue.New Features of Bluetooth WorldWe’re switching things up a bit... Continue Reading

Putting the Smart in Smart Home with Bluetooth

Putting the Smart in Smart Home with Bluetooth

The Internet of Things is radically redefining what it means to be connected. It will present unmissable, undreamt-of possibilities for businesses all over the world. Gartner predicts that the typical family home could contain as many as 500 ‘smart devices’ by 2022. Most of these devices will have the power to communicate wirelessly using the de facto low power technology of Bluetooth.On 12-13 April, at London ExCeL, Martin Woolley, technical program manager at the Bluetooth SIG will offer his Bluetooth... Continue Reading

B2B Nation: IT Edition Starring Steve Hegenderfer

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Josh Bland recently interviewed Steve Hegenderfer, director of developer programs at the Bluetooth SIG for the B2B Nation: IT Edition podcast. In this episode, they discussed Steve's thoughts on why Bluetooth should be viewed as a horizontal market instead of a vertical one, the growth of mesh gateways, what he’s most looking forward to at Bluetooth World, and more! Below are my key takeaways from the conversation.Bland: One of the primary Bluetooth functions is where you have one device wanting... Continue Reading

Smart Home: Keys to Mainstream Adoption and Success

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Smart home seems to be all the buzz this year. According to IHS Technology, the smart home market will grow by 56 percent, compounded annually, in the next three years, with 190 million products shipping by 2018. By then, 224 million homes, or nearly 12% of all households worldwide, will have at least one type of smart home system installed, according to Strategy Analytics. Everyone agrees that the possibilities of what an automated home can create are endless, but we haven’t seen it fully take... Continue Reading

15 Things You Didn't Know About Bluetooth® Technology

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It is the 15th anniversary of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group and when the name “Bluetooth” was adopted. In honor of this special anniversary, we are looking back on some of the more intriguing things about Bluetooth technology and the SIG member companies. In 15 years a lot happened across our world and in technology. Along the way there were things you may not remember or never knew about Bluetooth technology. Check out this cool infographic for 15 Things You Didn’t Know About Bluetooth. Continue Reading

Bluetooth World: Day Two Wrap Up

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After an excellent first day—over 670 attendees and every presentation filled to capacity—we were anxious for day two. Day two was about sitting down with our members to discuss the future of Bluetooth technology and the challenges it faces. From left to right: Suke Jawanda, Stuart Carlaw, Robert Scoble and Tolga LatifOne of those discussions on competition led off with a panel session with Stuart Carlaw, ABI Research, Robert Scoble, Rackspace and Tolga Latif, Linx Technologies. Here are the highlights:Question: Continue Reading

Bluetooth World: Day One Wrap Up

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http://youtu.be/VhLDHvOeoQsIt is one thing to announce an event is sold out, but it’s completely different to see all the attendees actually here. Day one was filled with so many people eager to explore the full potential of Bluetooth technology. Even if you weren’t able to make it to Shanghai, here are some of the highlights.Mark Powell, executive director of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), briefly opened the show by reviewing 2012 and its incredible growth. He was followed by Robert... Continue Reading

Fitbit adds Bluetooth to its new activity monitors

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The Fitbit One can sync activity data to a smartphone or tabletFitbit helped popularize the market for small devices you carry around with you to measure your steps, calories burned, distance covered, and other daily activities. Now it's unveiled two new Fitbit devices that add Bluetooth, so you can wirelessly sync your activity measurements to an iPhone, iPad, and soon to Android smartphones and tablets.The $60 Fitbit Zip contains a small screen that displays your basic activity measurements, while... Continue Reading

Updating the Old-school Boombox with Bluetooth

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Anyone who was around during the 1980s surely remembers the big "boomboxes" of that era that played cassette tapes and were designed to look big and impressive. Despite their size and flashy appearance, most of these portable speaker systems sounded mediocre at best, especially when turned up loud.Fast-forward to 2012, when a flood of powerful and innovative Bluetooth wireless speakers are hitting the market, allowing people to stream music from their smartphones, tablets and laptops. Most of these... Continue Reading