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: Gary Dusek

Forty-three-year-old Gary Dusek is exemplary of the kind of dedication and creativity that goes into becoming an Imagine Blue student finalist. "I returned to school later in life," he says, "to learn and explore lifelong interests in environmental science, sustainability, and design. I earned my high school diploma in 2016, as well as my Associates degree in Fine Arts/Design, and I am now a sophomore in the BFA Interior Design program at The New School." Deeply interested in sustainability and... Continue Reading

Insights from SXSW: What’s Next for Beacons?

Bluetooth SIG's Chuck Sabin with fellow panelists at SXSW

Beacons and the Smart Cities of Tomorrow panel at SXSW 2017 As a society, we are endlessly intrigued by the future of technology. For decades, tv shows and movies ranging from the Jetsons to Minority Report have helped our imaginations fathom technology-entrenched worlds that would give us conveniences, new opportunities, and challenges. Today, smart cities are no longer out of reach, but what will drive their implementation. On Saturday, the Bluetooth SIG's Senior Director of Business Strategy... Continue Reading

Meet the Bluetooth Pioneer: Kento Sasamoto

The Internet of Things (IoT) is making our lives easier in many ways, connecting the devices and objects we use daily so that our worlds function more smoothly. There are many ways we can control those connected devices, from computers to smartphones, but those methods can have their limitations—for anyone, but especially for people with various disabilities. Enter the MagicKnock: a device that allows one to control connected devices with a simple knocking sound that can be made with fingertips, 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

Meet the Bluetooth Pioneer: Ashton Cofer

When a family friend fell asleep at the wheel and narrowly escaped a collision with a truck, 14-year-old Ashton Cofer was inspired to try to prevent drowsy driving. His inspiration led to the development of Arrive Awake – Arrive Alive, a finalist in this year’s Student Category for the Imagine Blue program. Initial research informed Ashton that, while drowsy driving causes hundreds of thousands of accidents every year, there aren’t any good solutions for it. “Existing solutions are ineffective because... Continue Reading

Now That’s a Fish Story

The Internet of Things extends further every day—almost anywhere imaginable. Now, it extends to your favorite fishing hole, too. At CES this year, as we delved into the new and exciting ways Bluetooth technology is being used to make the world a more connected place, we chatted with Nic Wilson, Co-Founder and CEO of Anglr Labs. Nic is a fisherman, and after a friendly argument about how many fish he and his friends had caught one day, he was inspired to develop a technology-based way to stop all... Continue Reading

Bluetooth at CES : An IoT for Everyone

Bluetooth at CES and in 2017 - An IoT for Everyone Panel

This year, we had the privilege to host some of the top leaders from the associations, companies, standards, and technologies that are building the Internet of Things (IoT) in a three-panel speaking track at CES 2017. As the IoT continues to grow (and rapidly!), the fight to win the consumer is building un-scalable walls between use cases, crippling adoption, and limiting innovation. In our sessions, we focused on how to overcome these challenges by working together to put the consumer first. We... 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