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Medical, industrial apps spur Bluetooth growth

Posted: 23 Feb 2011     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Bluetooth  medical  industrial  market report 

In-Stat has released a report on the growth of Bluetooth beyond mobile phones, finding that it is growing fastest now in medical and industrial applications. Introduced in 1998, the first commercial use of Bluetooth was in mobile phones in 2000. The technology became successful, even if only because of the sheer volume of handheld devices. Soon, however, it found use in other applications from printers to headsets to PCs to automobiles and more.

Now, according to a report from market watcher In-Stat, Bluetooth is showing most growth potential in the industrial/medical market. The analyst expects shipments of Bluetooth-enabled devices in this segment will see a CAGR of about 85 per cent between 2009 and 2014. The analyst also notes that this growth in the industrial and medical markets will be driven by Bluetooth Low Energy.

Brian O'Rourke, principal analyst, In-Stat, says that "The health and wellness market represents a new and relatively untapped opportunity for Bluetooth, particularly Bluetooth LE." He enumerates "The range of equipment includes heart rate monitors, blood-sugar measurement solutions, exercise and fitness equipment, and much more. The technology enables doctors to receive patient results via Bluetooth mobile phones, among other devices."

Other findings in the report include that Sony PS3 and Nintendo Wii controllers have Bluetooth, and PMPs, game consoles, and game controllers are the main drivers of Bluetooth growth in CE devices.

Also, while the Bluetooth 3.0 standard that combines Bluetooth with Wi-Fi entered into the market in mobile phones in 2010, classic Bluetooth technology will remain dominant in phones indefinitely.

And for now, the Bluetooth USB adapter market will remain robust due to Bluetooth's lack of ubiquity in the mobile PC space and low penetration of desktop PCs.

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