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Battling Beasts with Bluetooth Board Games

Update: Sensible Objects recently attended Discover Blue: London where they showed off its Bluetooth game, Beasts of Balance. read the Q&A and watch the video to see this physical, and virtual, world game.  Board games have been enjoying a surge in popularity in recent years. From age-old favourite Monopoly to more recent classics such as Settlers of Catan, sitting around a table to play games is back in vogue. And for lovers of games like Jenga, there’s a new kid on the block, and he’s sporting Bluetooth technology. Continue Reading

The BBC Robot Wars micro:bit Coding Challenge

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Robot Wars is a BBC TV show featuring robots...and war.Robot Wars works like this. Contestants, usually teams of two or more, build awe-inspiring, battling robots. They bring them on the show and fight other contestants’ robots in a purpose-built arena—all the time keeping an eye open for the fearsome and deadly house robots. You win a bout by immobilsing (e.g. by completely destroying) all the other robots or, if no clear winner emerges when time runs out, by judges’ decision. The judges assess... Continue Reading

Bluetooth Breakthrough Award Students Catalyze The Future of Human Innovation

Congratulations to our 2016 Bluetooth Breakthrough Award student winner, Sanjana Shah, and runner-up, Josh Kaplan, for their dedication and passion for technological innovation to solve the world’s biggest challenges. Sanjana will receive a $5,000 cash prize to further her project and bring it to life, and Josh will receive a developer kit to empower him to continue to build and innovate for the future.Fourteen-year-old Sanjana Shah’s passion for solving problems with technology came to life in... 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

Meet the Bluetooth Pioneer: Sanjana Shah

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There were roughly 10 billion “things” connected to the Internet at the end of 2015, and it is projected that this number will jump to 34 billion devices by 2020. With such significant growth in connected devices—and, with it, our insight into the data around us and its impact on our environment—it’s no wonder that governments are expected to turn to the IoT to increase productivity, decrease costs, and improve the quality of life. According to some reports, governments will be the second-largest... Continue Reading

A Flame Starts with a Spark

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Every idea begins with a tiny spark that, when nurtured, will grow into a flame. Many ideators will sit down with a piece of paper and a pen or pencil and begin sketching their thoughts and plans. These ideas eventually become a rendering they can use to create a masterpiece, whether a strategy, product or concept. It’s the same with writers sitting down to write the great American novel. Once you have it down on paper, how do you take the original concept and improve it? How do you preserve your... Continue Reading

Meet the Bluetooth Pioneer: Josh Kaplan

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Josh Kaplan’s idea for his Bluetooth Breakthrough Award entry, BrailleBoard, stemmed from a desire to give social power to visually impaired teens. The flip-open keyboard case is Bluetooth enabled, featuring Braille characters and large-print contrasting letters on the keys that help the visually impaired not only text and type on their smartphones in an easy manner but allow them full use of their phone’s features.Josh and his team of innovators met while participating in the SEED SPOT NEXT Program, Continue Reading

Meet the Bluetooth Pioneer: Rohan Suri

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In 2014 the world experienced the most widespread epidemic of the Ebola virus in history, devastating West Africa and resulting in significant loss of life across the region. Contact tracing is an essential method of preventing the spread of the disease, but its effectiveness can be limited as it requires detailed community surveillance to diagnose cases of Ebola, find everyone who been in close contact with the case, and track all contacts for 21 days. As the WHO Assistant Director-General for... Continue Reading

Battling Beasts with Bluetooth Board Games

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Board games have been enjoying a surge in popularity in recent years. From age-old favourite Monopoly to more recent classics such as Settlers of Catan, sitting around a table to play games is back in vogue. And for lovers of games like Jenga, there’s a new kid on the block, and he’s sporting Bluetooth technology.Fabulous Beasts is a tablet-based puzzle game made real, where small animal figures are scanned into the game via a base unit and then balanced precariously on top of each other. We caught... Continue Reading

Meet the Bluetooth Pioneer: Vishwa Nathan

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Vishwa Nathan’s idea for the Arduino Smart Shelf, his Bluetooth Breakthrough Award entry, came to fruition after his father challenged him to construct a drawer that opened and closed automatically. Upon completing the shelf, he realized people worldwide suffered from challenges that didn’t allow them to open drawers because their hands shook too much or it was too painful to grip the handle.“From there, I realized I could use the product my father challenged me to build to help people all around... Continue Reading