Bluetooth SIG Intros New Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy Branding
the Bluetooth Special Interest Group today introduced new branding to help consumers understand Bluetooth 4.0 devices and which ones are compatible with one another. There are two new classes of devices that will use "Bluetooth Smart Ready" and "Bluetooth Smart" to differentiate from standard Bluetooth devices. The Bluetooth Smart Ready devices are hub devies such as smartphones, computers, and tablets. The Bluetooth SIG is setting some strict guidelines for Bluetooth Smart Ready devices, which must: include Bluetooth 4.0 dual-mode radios and be updatable by consumers. Bluetooth Smart devices are those smaller devices that include sensors, such as pedometers, glucose meters, and heart-rate monitors. These devices will have Bluetooth single-mode radios inside. The Bluetooth Smart devices/sensors will be able to talk directly to Bluetooth Smart Ready device and transfer information gathered to those devices. The Bluetooth SIG believes these new designations will help consumers better understand how Bluetooth 4.0 low energy products will work with one another.
Bluetooth 4.2 Spec Targets Internet of Things
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group today introduced Bluetooth 4.2, an updated specification that means to connect more devices and things to the internet. Bluetooth 4.2 supports IPv6 and 6LoWPAN, which allows Bluetooth Smart devices to connect directly to the internet through a router, rather than requiring an in-between device such as a tablet or smartphone.
Mesh Networking Next On Bluetooth SIG's Hit List
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group today said it plans to create a mesh networking profile for Bluetooth. It formed the Bluetooth Smart Mesh Working Group, which will create the underlying architecture needed for standardized mesh networking.
LG Pairs Android with Flip Phone to Make the Wine Smart
LG today debuted the Wine Smart, a flip phone that runs Android 5.1 Lollipop. The device was first revealed for the Korean market several weeks ago as the Gentle.
Bluetooth SIG Provides More Details About Bluetooth 5
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group today announced Bluetooth 5, the next version of Bluetooth scheduled to launch late this year or early next year. The Bluetooth SIG says Bluetooth 5 quadruples the available range, doubles the speed, and improves data broadcasting capacity by 800%.