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Bluetooth low energy brings revolutionary opportunities

Posted: 21 Mar 2011     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Bluetooth  low energy  mobile  connectivity 

One example application of this would be to send data from a single-mode sensor measuring a weight to a mobile phone application. The user then could select from a range of applications enabling the weighing-scale to connect to fitness training, weight management, or even chronic condition monitoring services provided on the Internet, uploading data to GoogleHealth or your NHS records. In fact, the possible fitness and health applications are endless. OEMs are already talking about developing pedometers, heart rate monitors, cycle computers and many more applications making use of Bluetooth low energy. And this sector looks to grow significantly as analysts at IMS project that by 2014 over 15 crore wireless body sensors, will be bought every year for sports and fitness uses alone.

Bluetooth low energy could be put into heart monitors, trainers, weighing scales and watches and used to synchronise and upload data to your phone or laptop. It could allow your phone to act as the remote control for your Bluetooth low energy-enabled TV or central heating, and is applicable to any number of other use cases.

So what will Bluetooth low energy mean for the future of consumer electronics? Not only will Bluetooth low energy add to existing use cases for Bluetooth, it also opens up new possibilities in other industries. Employing Bluetooth low energy within industrial control applications such as smart meters means costs can potentially be dramatically cut using the wireless and remote collection of data from households or businesses. It is easy to see that the possibilities are limited only by the imagination of OEMs, manufacturers and consumers.

Without the restriction of limited battery life, manufacturers can design devices with pre-integrated batteries, which will never need charging across the life of a product. From a pair of trainers that track performance and vital statistics, to a meteorologist tracking a breaking storm; the possibilities are endless.

The question is no longer 'can' our devices connect, it's 'what do we want them to say to one another?'. Bluetooth low energy alleviates a number of design restrictions imposed by limited battery life and cost and in the future consumers will be able to choose from an even wider range of affordable, durable and innovative new wirelessly enabled products as they immerse themselves in an increasingly connected world empowered by Bluetooth low energy.

- Raj Gawera
  VP of marketing, CSR handset business unit


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