Bluetooth SIG Forms New Fitness Working Group
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group today announced the creation of the Sports and Fitness Working Group. The new working group's focus will be to improve the way Bluetooth-enabled sports and fitness sensor products interact with devices such as smartphones, smart watches, and gym equipment. All the sensors and devices involved in the effort with use the Bluetooth 4.0 specification, which allows them to operate on small batteries but still share information in real time. The Sports and Fitness Working Group is accepting new members. The working group may eventually yield news use scenarios for fitness-related sensors and mobile devices.
Google Debuts Fitness Class Search and Booking Service
Google's new Reserve with Google service makes it possible to find, book, and pay for fitness classes pretty much anywhere in the U.S. Reserve with Google is available to mobile and desktop devices and works together with Google Maps and Google Search to find fitness studios, classes, ratings, rates, and more.
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.
Bluetooth 5 Released By Bluetooth SIG
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group has released the core Bluetooth 5 specification. Bluetooth 5 was first announced earlier this year and is now available in final form to technology companies.
HTC and Under Armour Prepping a Connected Scale
HTC and Under Armour are collaborating on a scale, according to documents seen on the Bluetooth Special Interest Group web site. The Bluetooth SIG revealed a product named "UA Scale" with a description that reads "HTC and UA provide a Bluetooth scale to measure weight and body fat." The device has a Bluetooth 4.1 radio onboard, ostensibly so it can to connect to nearby smartphones and/or wearables.
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%.