Help Shape the Future of the IoT

Shenzhen Skyline

Whether you’re considering including existing Bluetooth technology in your upcoming product design or looking to advance wireless connectivity to new levels of invention, Bluetooth Asia 2017 is a rare opportunity for you to see the Internet of Things (IoT) in action. Learn from the Global Wireless Community Every year, participants from all over the world attend the Bluetooth Asia event to join pioneers in wireless connectivity for an immersive experience in recent innovations built on Bluetooth... Continue Reading

A New Way to Navigate

Bluetooth beacons provide wayfinding services to travelers in airports

Your smartphone makes it easy to locate any restaurant in the heart of downtown, but it’s not much help getting you through a crowded airport. That is unless you’re travelling through London’s Gatwick Airport. Spot the Dot Recently, Gatwick Airport installed around 2,000 beacons in two terminals, creating an indoor navigation system more reliable than traditional GPS. This beacon-based positioning system, built on Bluetooth technology, is the world’s first for an airport. The system uses Pointr... Continue Reading

Integrating the Web, Apps, and Beacons

Developer Kits from Bluetooth SIG

Bluetooth Beacons, they’re all the rage.  Retail stores use them to broadcast offers to customers.   Subway stations and other locations with limited connectivity use Bluetooth Beacons to broadcast location information to travelers and commuters.  Whether aiding us in a subway station, guiding people to their favorite exhibits in a museum, or ushering passengers through unfamiliar airports to local services and connecting flights, Bluetooth Beacons are a basic element as we build Smart Cities and... Continue Reading

What Bluetooth Developers Should Know About Android O

Android Robot

Google officially announced Android O on May 17 at its developer conference, Google I/O. Android O is now available to ordinary users. As in the past, Google had initially released a developer preview version, to give them an overview of the next generation of Android[1]. Let’s take a look at what Android O means for Bluetooth developers. First of all, I’d like to tell you how Android versions are named. Google uses letters of the alphabet, allocated at each new release in alphabetical order. Those... Continue Reading

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

Extending the Reach of the Web to Bluetooth Devices

There's this new thing called the World Wide Web Do you remember life before the internet? Or more to the point, before the World Wide Web (WWW)? No? OK. But you do remember life before Facebook, right? No? Oh dear. You're clearly just trying to make me feel old. And succeeding. Well thank you very much! Because some of us, myself included, do indeed remember life before the WWW. Just about. A long time ago in a galaxy actually not very far away at all.... The WWW was born. And for a good while, Continue Reading

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