Help Shape the Future of the IoT

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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

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

Bluetooth® 5 Arrives in Smartphones, Improving the Connections You Know and Love.

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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

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

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

Vote For Your Favorite Bluetooth SXSW 2017 Panels

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We love SXSW!It's time to vote for the South by Southwest sessions you want to see showcased in 2017. The massive, 10-day conference and festival is held each year in Austin, Texas. Last year, nearly 100,000 thought leaders and innovative companies attended SXSW, including the Bluetooth SIG. For 2017, we submitted four engaging sessions, each exploring a different avenue of how Bluetooth impacts our world. We are asking you to help us by casting your vote by Friday, 2 September.To vote, simply log... Continue Reading

Bluetooth 5 Rocks Discover Blue: London

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Discover Blue Hits LondonAt the Bluetooth SIG, we talk a lot about how Bluetooth technology opens up more possibilities for companies and developers to build an accessible and interoperable Internet of Things (IoT). Which is why it’s always exciting when our Discover Blue media events roll around and we actually get to see and play with the cool IoT gadgets and solutions that our members are creating.Discover Blue hit London for the third time in the UK. Eight of EMEA’s most innovative SIG member... Continue Reading

Launching the BBC micro:bit

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Today I had the honour of attending the official launch of the BBC micro:bit at the London Stock Exchange. The micro:bit is a small, programmable device equipped with buttons, an LED display, an edge connector, an accelerometer, a magnetometer, an internal temperature sensor and (saving the best until last) Bluetooth with low energy functionality. The BBC’s Howard Baker conceived the micro:bit some years ago in response to UK government reports flagging that school kids were lagging behind in their... Continue Reading

B2B Nation: IT Edition Starring Steve Hegenderfer

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Josh Bland recently interviewed Steve Hegenderfer, director of developer programs at the Bluetooth SIG for the B2B Nation: IT Edition podcast. In this episode, they discussed Steve's thoughts on why Bluetooth should be viewed as a horizontal market instead of a vertical one, the growth of mesh gateways, what he’s most looking forward to at Bluetooth World, and more! Below are my key takeaways from the conversation.Bland: One of the primary Bluetooth functions is where you have one device wanting... Continue Reading

Q&A with Richard Day, CEO at SmartStuff

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As wireless technology in the home becomes more prevalent, more manufacturers are realizing that Bluetooth technology is the right wireless specification for the job, whether that job is home entertainment or using temperature and humidity sensors to control a home's heating and ventilation systems.air jordan 19Richard Day is the CEO at SmartStuff, the company behind the energy management system VirtualZone. We caught up with Richard recently to see what his thoughts are on the future of the smart... Continue Reading