Explaining Bluetooth technology
Bluetooth® is a wireless communications system that is intended to replace the cables connecting many types of devices. These Bluetooth® enabled devices include cell phone headsets to heart monitors and specialised medical equipment.
New Bluetooth Smart
Bluetooth Smart is a newer version that has been developed to increase opportunities for developers. Bluetooth smart technology is intended to make consumers lives much easier as well by making connectivity easier.
Bluetooth Smart Improved battery life
Bluetooth® Smart is the current intelligent, less power hungry version of Bluetooth wireless technology. The power efficiency of Bluetooth Smart makes it perfect for devices needing to run off a tiny battery for a long time. The best part of Bluetooth Smart is its ability to work with an application on the cell phone, phablet or tablet you already own. Bluetooth Smart is enabling developers and OEM’s to create solutions that will work with the billions of Bluetooth enabled products already in the market today.
How Bluetooth Smart will Connect the Internet of Things
Introduced around 16 years ago, the Internet of Things (IoT) theorised that objects and people would connect wirelessly. Early versions of Bluetooth provided the means for device communication and manufacturers built hub devices like PCs, smartphones, cars and tablets to take advantage of these wireless connections. Now, Bluetooth Smart is causing the explosion of an incredible array of devices connecting to these hubs. It’s estimated that 30 billion plus devices will enter into the Internet of Things system by 2020. (According to ABI Research) Analyst firms across the world recognise that Bluetooth Smart is a key enabler in the Internet of Things.
What it all means for consumers
For the man on the street, it leads to a seamlessly connected world. You will be woken by an alarm clock that is connected to your online calendar. When you go for a run your heart rate monitor will speak directly to your watch and mobile phone. You will brush your teeth with a sensor toothbrush that will tell you where you have missed any areas while listening to music through your Bluetooth speaker and taking a shower.
Every aspect of your life will be controlled by your mobile phone which in turn is controlling all of these devices using Bluetooth technology. Bluetooth will wirelessly improve and destress your life by taking away all the mundane tasks while empowering you to be more efficient. This is the power of the Internet of Things combined with Bluetooth Smart technology.