That’s A Wrap, Bluetooth World 2017

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Last week in Santa Clara, California, Bluetooth World was host to more than 1,100 developers, executives, and start-ups. This year's conference showcased how Bluetooth technology is rapidly evolving to meeting IoT needs, and what we can expect in the near and distant future. Developers were able to gain hands-on experience building the devices that will change the way we interact with technology in our everyday lives. You can check out #BluetoothWorld on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to get more... 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?

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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

Bluetooth at CES : An IoT for Everyone

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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

Apple Keeps Bluetooth At Its Core

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Big news out of Cupertino (or rather, the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco) yesterday as Apple unveiled updates to its iPhone line up, an entirely new iPad and the much anticipated update for Apple TV.The new functionality of Apple TV revolves around the completely rethought Apple Remote. The device controls every aspect of the TV, from volume levels to serving as a control for gaming – and, of course, it is powered by Bluetooth Smart technology.Not only does the power efficiency of... Continue Reading

Vote for SXSW Panels – IoT, Beacons, and Security

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Now is the time to weigh in on what you want to see at SXSW 2016 by voting for the panels you want featured at next year’s interactive conference. The Bluetooth SIG has three sessions on the hot topics of IoT, beacon technology, and security with insights from industry leaders like IHS Technology, Fortune, Under Armour, Mutual Mobile, Encap Security, and CSID. Voting ends September 4th so be sure to vote for your favorite sessions today!The Smart Security vs. Functionality TradeoffWith more smart... Continue Reading

Window Shopping 2.0: Bluetooth Beacons Hit London’s Regent Street

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Whether you were born to shop, or you consider it a necessary evil, we could all use an extra eye when it comes to shopping—a personal shopper, if you will. Someone who knows your interests, style, and can steer you toward deals that scream “you.” Thanks to Bluetooth Smart technology beacons, now London’s Regent Street shoppers do – and the retail industry at large is taking note of the beacon trend.Using Bluetooth Smart low-energy transmitters, the roughly 130 participating stores can detect when... Continue Reading

The Future of Smart Home, with iDevices CEO and Founder, Chris Allen

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The Bluetooth SIG caught up with iDevices last week at CES as they launched the iDevices Switch, the world’s first HomeKit-enabled connected plug. Switch allows users to manage their home from wherever they are using the iDevices Connected app and their iDevices Switch. Most notably, users can command Siri to control their home settings, set schedules, or give alerts based on activity. Chris Allen, CEO and founder of iDevices, is a leader in the smart home space. We asked him a few questions about... Continue Reading

Bluetooth Smart Technology is Your New Watchdog

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The holidays are upon us and that means campy holiday movies – in particular, Home Alone. Twenty-five years ago, Home Alone made it abundantly clear that home security needed a complete overhaul (and the McCallister’sneeded parenting classes). Just imagine the abbreviated run time if Macaulay Culkin had simply opened an app on his smartphone to get a full picture of his home security system. The fully connected home is still ‘coming soon’, but the good news for Kevin McCallister (and his horrible... Continue Reading