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 - Going the Distance

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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

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

ABI Research Forecasts a Bright Bluetooth Future

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It’s been a pivotal year for Bluetooth technology, and a recent report published by ABI Research indicates that Bluetooth will continue to catalyze the IoT for years to come. ABI forecasts that Bluetooth devices will break 5 billionshipments by 2021 as new opportunities, use cases, and device types open up to meet developer and consumer demands. “While smartphones and audio accessories remain Bluetooth’s largest markets, the technology is becoming more attractive to low-power IoT applications,” 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

Selecting a Bluetooth Microcontroller—a Developer’s Perspective

There are two major branches of Bluetooth application development. One is mobile platform development like smartphones and tablets running on iOS, Android or other mobile operating systems. The other is embedded application development. I often get questions from Bluetooth low energy developers who are curious, “how can I select a suitable Bluetooth LE embedded microcontroller for my prototype or product?” In this blog, I outline some tips for choosing the right one. Module/Chipset Most Bluetooth... Continue Reading

Turning Renewed Excitement into an Ecosystem for Everyone

Apple’s latest iPhone, the 7, shipped on Friday and is finding its way into consumer hands. This is the first wildly popular smartphone to shun the 3.5 mm headphone jack for audio. This doesn’t immediately mean all audio connectivity will be wireless – there is a dongle, there are options for lightning connected headphones and earbuds – but there is definitely renewed excitement around wireless audio and we are pretty excited as well. Streaming audio is frequently the first Bluetooth technology... Continue Reading

Knock, Knock…Who’s There? Your Key to a Safer Property

Ever been in a situation where a family member or your roommate calls in a panic because they forgot a house key and the only solution is to leave a key under the mat?We’re sure this or something similar has happened to all of us. This is definitely risky as it can potentially lead to an intruder entering the house and stealing your stuff. Swissprime Makes a Smart Home Safer So what’s the solution? Swissprime Technologies, one of the companies at our Discover Blue: London event, demoed an interesting... Continue Reading

Olympians Harness Bluetooth Technology

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This year’s Olympic Games in Rio were more than just a sporting event. It was a technology showcase featuring the latest and greatest innovations, including Bluetooth beacons and a wide variety of wearables. The US Olympic Committee’s Director of Technology and Innovation, Mounir Zok, even called the 2016 Olympic Games “the first wearable technology games.” Cutting-edge technologies from smart eye wear to wearable payment devices amplified the Olympic experience for both attendees and Olympians. Continue Reading