Meet the Bluetooth Pioneer: Kento Sasamoto

The Internet of Things (IoT) is making our lives easier in many ways, connecting the devices and objects we use daily so that our worlds function more smoothly. There are many ways we can control those connected devices, from computers to smartphones, but those methods can have their limitations—for anyone, but especially for people with various disabilities. Enter the MagicKnock: a device that allows one to control connected devices with a simple knocking sound that can be made with fingertips, Continue Reading

Exploring Bluetooth 5 - What's new in Advertising?

Bluetooth 5

Staring at the P-51 Mustang, you ponder its history.... Dangerous missions escorting bombers, dogfights, battles with the Luftwaffe.... Turning your head, you see a Curtis P-40 across the way. As you walk over to take a closer look, you hear an unsettling whistle followed by the roar of a radial engine. Looking up you see a gull winged Corsair hanging in mid-dive. Feeling a thump on your wrist, you read “Air driving across the engine air inlets at high speed produced an eerie whistle. The Corsair... Continue Reading

Exploring Bluetooth 5 - How Fast Can It Be?

Bluetooth 5 is here and it’s a major step up from the current standard for wireless connectivity, Bluetooth v4.2, with its 4-times longer range, 2-times higher speed, plus 8-times larger advertisement packet length for data. Developers can visit the Bluetooth SIG website and download the latest Bluetooth core spec here. Right after Bluetooth 5 was released, a developer asked me, “with the higher bandwidth feature, how fast can Bluetooth 5 be?” Today, we will have an inside look at Bluetooth low... Continue Reading

Bluetooth Low Energy - It starts with Advertising

Bluetooth is all around us:  electronic beacons guiding firefighters through buildings; wearable medical devices sending patient’s biological data to a physician’s tablets; manufacturing equipment monitoring in 400,000 square foot warehouses; and more.  Bluetooth technology is growing and is expected to have an install base of over 48 billion by 2021 (per ABI Internet of Everything Market Tracker). So how does Bluetooth work?  Bluetooth low energy has 40 physical channels in the 2.4GHz ISM band, Continue Reading

Exploring Bluetooth 5 - Going the Distance

Bluetooth 5

The Age of IoT According to a paper by Goldman Sachs, in the 1990s there were approximately 1 billion devices connected to the internet. In the 2000s, the “age of the smartphone”, this figure rose to 2 billion. ABI Research now forecast that by 2021 there will be 48 billion devices connected to the internet, in what we’re likely to term “the age of IoT”. Of those 48 billion devices, 30% are forecast to be Bluetooth devices. This is no coincidence. Bluetooth low energy has been actively developed... Continue Reading

The IoT brings convenience to holiday travel

The holidays are here again(how did this year go by so fast?), and if you’re like me you probably have some travel coming up- to visit family, reunite with friends or, hopefully, to get away from the craziness that comes with the holidays (ie a trip to a beach?). If you’re a seasoned traveler you probably already have your noise-cancelling, wireless headphones packed- but you may not be aware of all the convenience, comfort and security the Internet of Things is providing to people on the go. Did... Continue Reading

This Wearable is Changing How Endurance Athletes Train

On this week’s episode of IoT Podcast with Stacey Higginbotham, Alessandro Babini, the CEO of Bluetooth SIG member company Humon, had the opportunity to talk about the benefits the Humon Beta wearable delivers to athletes. The Humon wearable helps endurance athletes train smarter by monitoring the way their muscles are using oxygen in real-time. The wearable straps onto the athlete’s thigh and pairs via Bluetooth technology with your smartphone to monitor your muscle oxygenation level, making recommendations... Continue Reading

Microsoft has a secret weapon to leapfrog the Smart Home competition

That secret weapon is a device that sits in 20 million living rooms already waiting to power the Smart Home. It has the Cortana personal assistant, a cloud backend, runs Windows 10 apps and could connect to your home devices. What is it? Introducing the Xbox One S. The S is the new hot selling console based on the Xbox One platform, but with some huge improvements. The console is 40% smaller than the Xbox One and it has 4K! It can play the new 4K UHD Blu-ray discs, and with the prices of 4K TVs... Continue Reading