How IoT could benefit from Bluetooth’s new mesh specs

When the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) released the Bluetooth mesh specification in mid-July, the launch heralded something much greater than just a new wireless spec. The move formalized the latest major development in mesh technology that will increase its adoption in Internet of Things (IoT) applications. The technology’s reach in both home and commercial […]

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Bluetooth sharpens teeth for mesh networking flexibility

Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has added support for mesh networks, aimed at creating large-scale device networks for automation, sensor networks, and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions. It is another update focused on making Bluetooth a more viable option for IoT and many-to-many device communications. Previous updates have included extended range, increased speed, and better […]

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Hey IoT devs: Deadline is looming for that Bluetooth innovation award

We know it’s holiday time…but innovators working on creations in the IoT space using Bluetooth technology need to submit their idea and/or prototype for consideration for the Imagine Blue Awards by December 13. This awards program is run by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG). Competitors will compete for cash prizes between $5,000 and $10,000, with a purpose of inspiring […]

Market for “hearable” devices could reach $16B by 2020

Wearable technology is about to expand into a whole new sub-market via your ear-holes with the advent of “hearables.” And this new category of connected devices for your ears is beginning to make its mark on global markets. Experts predict that the hearables market could surpass $16 billion by 2020. A key component to the rosy […]

How to charge your smartwatch with your mobile

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass) presented a new way to extend the battery life of fitness trackers and smartwatches, without stuffing a larger battery inside the device. The method, named Braidio, uses Bluetooth and radio-frequency identification (RFID) to send power from a larger device, like a smartphone or laptop, to smaller wearables. […]

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Wirepas, U-Blox launch industrial IoT radio module

Connectivity startup Wirepas and IIoT module manufacturer U-Blox have announced the NINA-B1, a low-power Bluetooth module that offers scalable decentralized radio communications for IoT applications. The goal of the module is to be easy to install and infinitely scalable. Instead of having each module reduce network speeds, Wirepas Connectivity makes each device a smart router, […]

Will these wearables finally make us cyborgs?

I am one of those people that firmly believes that implanted wearables are the future of health technology. Devices like cochlear implants have been around since the 1980s, contraceptive implants since the late 1990s and there are many other implanted medical devices that add quality to life — or even preserve life — from hip […]

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Bluetooth 5.0 is set for a 2017 debut

Bluetooth is an all-but-required technology for any modern smart device. It enables you to do things like collect low-powered IoT devices to smartphones, tablets, and even desktop systems. However, even a more modern Bluetooth v4.2 connection has limitations on both range and bandwidth making it a less appealing technology for IoT devices that need both range […]

Will Jawbone’s future mean no more wearables?

Despite the popularity of fitness trackers and the spike in exercise wearables, rumors are swirling that Jawbone may be exiting the wearables technology competition. The company recently announced that it has ceased the manufacturing of its UP fitness trackers and is selling off its entire inventory to a third-party seller. But CEO Hosain Rahman has […]

Open wireless standards could chop city costs by nearly a third

Smart cities may look towards open wireless standards to save billions in Internet of Things (IoT) deployment costs. Choosing open standards could cut costs by 30 percent and promote more cities to utilize IoT, according to Machina Research. The market intelligence firm predicts that by 2025 smart cities may spend $1.12 trillion on deploying smart tech, […]

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Cypress to acquire Broadcom’s IoT business for $550 million

Semiconductor firm Cypress has announced a $550 million acquisition of Broadcom’s Internet of Things (IoT) division. It comes on the same day Cypress CEO T.J. Rodgers revealed his intention to step down as leader of the company he founded, after 34 years in charge. The acquisition includes Broadcom’s Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Zigbee IoT products and […]

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Jaybird flying high on $50m Logitech deal

Naked as a Jaybird no longer, the U.S. audio wearable maker is now decked out in around $50 million in cash thanks to an acquisition by Swiss consumer electronics giant Logitech. On top of that, Jaybird could earn an additional $45 million if it hits Logitech’s growth targets over the next two years. Gadgets360 reported […]

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Bluetooth training academy open for recruits

Internet of Things (IoT) developers looking to utilize Bluetooth technologies might be pleased to hear a series of live events are happening across the globe this year. Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has organized several events in prominent tech hubs across the continents. The events will be focused on providing newcomers with understanding on how […]