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


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


“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


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

Bluetooth Technology Flying into the Wild Blue Yonder


Just in time for the holiday gift-giving season...a paper airplane powered by Bluetooth. We first saw this cool product at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show where the company, PowerUp Toys, showed off their paper airplane conversion kit. The kit takes a paper airplane you make and turns it into a flying machine controlled by your smartphone.Just fold your plane according to the template, attach the power module and pair it via Bluetooth to your phone. The battery lasts about 10 minutes and goes... Continue Reading

Bluetooth Breakthrough Award Winner - Student Category


15-year-old Shiva Nathan came up with his Bluetooth Breakthrough Award student entry while working on an EEG (Electroencephalography)-based video game. In 2011, while developing the EEG MindWave Mobile headset video game, Shiva’s priorities changed. A member of his extended family lost both arms. “She received prosthetics but they were expensive and never gave her the freedom she needed,” said Shiva. Shiva took up the challenge and instead of using the MindWave Mobile for gaming decided to design... Continue Reading

Bluetooth Smart Technology Brings Piano into the 21st Century

Bluetooth Smart Technology Brings Piano into the 21st Century

“If love played an instrument, I’ll bet it would be the piano.” ― Jarod Kintz, This Book Has No TitleOur love affair with the piano started in the 1700s with Italian inventor Bartolomeo Cristofor. It grew into the modern piano in the late 1800s and remains largely unchanged. However, the technology around it is changing and Bluetooth Breakthrough Awards finalist, Cate Keithline, is helping move the piano into the 21st century.While sitting in church one Sunday, Cate watched as two people sat at... Continue Reading

Keeping Food Fresh with Bluetooth Smart

Keeping Food Fresh with Bluetooth Smart

Leave it to the mind of a young college student to think of ways to save time and money. Tameka Gongs, a 20-year-old student attending Louisiana State University, and Bluetooth Breakthrough Award finalist, was tired of her friends always having spoiled food in the refrigerator. After late night study sessions, Tameka would be looking for a snack and need to submit to the sniff test, or worse the dreaded taste test, to see if food was edible. The idea for a sensor and application began to take shape... Continue Reading