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

Smile! You’re on Wireless Camera

Changing the way we do everyday things, like take photographs, is one of the most beautiful parts of the IoT. Not that long ago, the concept of “taking a selfie” entered our cultural consciousness; now everyone knows a selfie is taken with an outstretched arm and often results in getting fingers, or the unflattering undersides of our chins, in the photos. Until now. With a product that reminds us we should expect our sense of “the norm” to continually change, Podo Labs has completely altered the... Continue Reading

Bluetooth Pairing Part 5, Legacy Pairing – Out of Band

Bluetooth Pairing Part 5, Legacy Pairing – Out of Band

In previous blogs, we touched on topics such as Passkey Entry and Numeric Comparison which are two types of pairing methods. Today, I will introduce another one, out of band. The out of band (OOB) association model is designed for scenarios where an out of band mechanism is used to both discover the devices as well as to exchange or transfer cryptographic information which would be used in the pairing process. Out of band is a flexible option for developers that allows you to define some of your... Continue Reading

That’s A Wrap, Bluetooth World 2017

Bluetooth World 2017 show floor

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

The Original Wearable Gets a Bluetooth Makeover

Innovation is one of the most exciting things about wireless technology, and it can come from anywhere. At CES this year, we had the opportunity to see cutting-edge applications and creative thinking from both startups and time-honored brands. Wearables are all the rage right now, offered by dozens or hundreds of different brands, but don’t think the creators of one of the original kinds of wearables aren’t in on the game: Timex is innovating right alongside the rest. For people who like the idea... Continue Reading

Meet the Imagine Blue Winner - Sara Du

Fortunately, not many young teenagers get stranded in the wilderness; fewer still come back inspired to use technology to prevent it from happening to anyone else. But that's what happened to Sara Du, the winner of this year's Student category for the Imagine Blue awards and creator of the Bluejay device. Sara wound up stranded due to a technology failure. "A few years ago, I volunteered at an event," she explains, "in this little valley between the mountains…After the event, everybody started to... 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