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

Bluetooth World 2017 Opens Tomorrow

walking through convention center

Bluetooth World 2017 opens in less than 24 hours. There's still time to pre-register in advance to get free fast-track entry onsite, or you can register upon arrival.  With over 1500 Bluetooth developers, executives, start-ups and analysts already registered, this will be the biggest Bluetooth World yet!  It's free to attend the exhibition floor, so there really is no reason not to join us.  To make the most of your time, be sure to Download the Event Guide. Why attend Bluetooth World? Here’s a... 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: 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

Bluetooth Pairing Part 4: LE Secure Connetions - Numeric Comparison

Part 3, we had an overview about LE Legacy pairing with passkey. Other than LE Legacy pairing, LE Secure Connections is the other option for pairing. LE Secure Connections is an enhanced security feature introduced in Bluetooth v4.2. It uses a Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) compliant algorithm called Elliptic Curve Diffie Hellman (ECDH) for key generation. For LE Secure Connections, it support four association models: Just Works Numeric Comparison (Only for LE Secure Connections) Continue Reading

How to Deploy Bluetooth Secure Gateway on Intel Edison

Bluetooth SIG released an advanced toolkit, the Bluetooth Secure Gateway, last September. With this toolkit, you can learn how to connect your Bluetooth devices to the Internet of Things. The hands-on labs in this kit will help you familiarize yourself with how to set up the popular ARM-based Raspberry Pi2/Pi3 to act as a secure gateway for your Bluetooth low energy devices. I became curious to see if there any other popular dev boards which could run the Bluetooth Secure Gateway aside from one... Continue Reading

Bluetooth 5 is Here

Bluetooth 5

Rejoice developers, Bluetooth 5 has arrived! And with it, a lot of buzz is being generated about its capabilities. I’d like to dive into the meat of some of the more popular features a bit and then talk more about my personal favorite.  Increased Bandwidth One of the key features of Bluetooth 5 is the ability to get 2Msps (mega symbols per second, or megabits when talking in context of low energy for this blog) out of Bluetooth low energy. This is done in the same power envelope as low energy today... 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