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Where is the world going with BLUETOOTH?

By Prince Osuagwu

For Nigerian subscribers, perhaps the easiest that come to mind about the bluetooth technology  is the wireless headset or handsfree as the case may be. The best outside these could be that of transferring files like pictures, music among others from mobile to mobile or computer to computer.
But the truth is that the world has gone beyond all these. There are bluetooth enabled wrist watches, pens sunglasses among others. Yet mobile technology service providers and inventors are always coming up with some wacky and most unusual uses of this technology, using it to solve problems and most importantly, permeate sectoral barriers.

Just last week, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group, SIG, announced that the industry coalition of leading health care and technology companies charged with establishing a system of interoperable personal telehealth solutions, Continua Health Alliance, has selected Bluetooth wireless technology, to support its telehealth solutions.

SIG announced that once finalised, Continua will include the upcoming Bluetooth low energy wireless technology specification in version two of its Continua Health Alliance Design Guidelines. The selection of Bluetooth low energy technology extends the current Continua standard for the Bluetooth health device profile and is the only wireless technology specification included in Continua’s version one design guidelines.

Bluetooth low energy technology is a power efficient, short-range, wireless technology that offers connectivity between mobile devices and small, battery powered devices such as watches, and health and fitness sensors. Bluetooth low energy technology features low power consumption, small size and low cost, and integration in mobile phones, all providing Continua a reliable solution to enable mobile devices for a wide range of personal telehealth audiencesBut that is not all about Bluetooth technology. More than 12,000 companies, along with countless enthusiasts, researchers and inventors, are currently developing innovative solutions with Bluetooth wireless technology.

The technology community is producing some amazing, unusual, and out-of-this world applications that are now making life not just easier, but also more fun. Mobile Week, has decided to present some of the  Bluetooth wireless technology enabled products available in the market and even those that are yet to debut.

eSoles

Start-up company, eSoles, unveiled a Bluetooth enabled shoe insert that lets the user keep track of his workout on his mobile phone while running, cycling, walking, skiing, and even jumping rope. The customized insole features 11 pressure sensors and transmits data, including cadence, power output, balance, speed, and distance to user’s mobile phone using Bluetooth wireless technology.

However, available in the market now is a prototype of the shoe insert which is being tested and expected to hit the market in 2010.
BlueGuard automatic door opener

This automatic door opener turns a mobile phone into a wireless key. The BlueGuard can detect up to 10 Bluetooth mobile phones, giving access to authorized individuals without the need to swipe a card. It works with gates, overhead doors, and parking barriers for industrial use.
The product is targeted towards the convenience of not having to use keys.
The unit detects up to 10 separate cellphones at up to 33 feet, which is standard low-power Bluetooth range, and hooks up to the door-opening system to enable you to get hands-free entrance.

However, manufacturers of the product says “this is more of an industrial use, and attaches to gates, overhead doors and parking barriers, so it’s less of you getting into your home. Still, it’s quite useful” they added.

Vena bluetooth enabled asthma inhaler

The Vena respirator has added IR and bluetooth connectivity. It marks the first demo unit and will connect via smartphone or computer to help keep track of when it’s being used and can provide reminders for patients who need to scheduled doses. The information can also be sent to relevant doctors and anonymously to health care specialists who like to mine these numbers and find trends

Human Space Invaders

Bluetooth technology features with this device, a re-creation of  the video game classic.  A player acts as his own game controller, moving left and right while a camera tracks his movements and turns them into game inputs. The game is displayed on a video projector, while a Bluetooth wireless monitor keeps track of the player’s heart rate, which can also be used to vary the difficulty of the game.

Perhaps the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), came with the vision of what the technology is about to become. The group comprised of leaders in the telecommunications, computing, consumer electronics, automotive and network industries. This group is driving development of Bluetooth wireless technology and bringing it to market. The Bluetooth SIG includes Promoter group companies Ericsson, Intel, Lenovo, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia and Toshiba, along with over 12,000 Associate and Adopter member companies. The Bluetooth SIG, Inc. headquarters are located in Bellevue, Washington, U.S.A.


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