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

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

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

Beacon Technology with Bluetooth 5

Estimote Beacons

Some of the applications of the Internet of Things are easy for anyone to understand and appreciate, like smart watches or fitness bands, while others require imagination and vision to fully grasp. The latter, like beacon technology, signify our emergence into what was previously only a science-fiction world. Jakub Krzych is the CEO and co-founder of Estimote, makers of some of the beacon devices that are creating this transition. Estimote’s beacons, which come in size Small and Even Smaller, allow... Continue Reading

Now That’s a Fish Story

The Internet of Things extends further every day—almost anywhere imaginable. Now, it extends to your favorite fishing hole, too. At CES this year, as we delved into the new and exciting ways Bluetooth technology is being used to make the world a more connected place, we chatted with Nic Wilson, Co-Founder and CEO of Anglr Labs. Nic is a fisherman, and after a friendly argument about how many fish he and his friends had caught one day, he was inspired to develop a technology-based way to stop all... Continue Reading

Bluetooth at CES : An IoT for Everyone

Bluetooth at CES and in 2017 - An IoT for Everyone Panel

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

Bluetooth Smart Allows Pilots to Control Airplanes with Smart Devices

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Chris Morales is not your typical student. He’s spent the past eight years as an F/A-18 Super Hornet Weapons Systems Officer. Now he's a student finalist in the Bluetooth Breakthrough Awards.“The F/A-18 is a pretty high tech fighter jet, but some of the technology lags behind even what’s available on the common smartphone. We typically use iPads to assist with everything from a fast-paced combat mission to just ferrying a jet from point A to B. They come in handy, but we still have to enter all... Continue Reading

16 Year Old Develops Bluetooth Smart Solution to Keep Alzheimer’s Patients from Wandering

Kenneth-Shinozuka

“There are 5.2 million Alzheimer’s patients in the U.S., more than 60% of whom wander. Caring for them cost the nation $220 billion in 2013 alone, a number that is expected to multiply five times by the year 2050.”— Kenneth Shinozuka, student at Horace Mann School.Kenneth Shinozuka grew up in house where three generations lived. He always felt very close with his grandfather.“When I was four years old, my grandfather and I were walking in a park in Japan when he suddenly got lost. It was one of... 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