Bluetooth Low Energy or Bluetooth Smart
Bluetooth low energy, or Bluetooth Smart, is a technology designed and marketed by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group. Compared to the classic Bluetooth, Bluetooth Smart is more power-efficient while maintaining a similar communication range.
On the other hand, the range of applications go far beyond. There are applications in healthcare – monitoring blood pressure profile, glucose profile and health thermometer profile. In fitness, heart rate and navigation can be monitored as well as weight scale and body composition.
Bluetooth low energy could catalyze the implementation of Internet of Things and make your home smarter. The possibilities are endless. Bluetooth low energy sensors can help you with controlling temperature, lights, doors, windows, motion detection. Your home just got automated.
It could also make your car smarter. With your devices connected, so can your car. Consumers are starting to enjoy hands-free calling, and soon able to to enjoy music and other smartphone apps that they have directly in their vehicle.
With Bluetooth low energy, “Electronic Leash” becomes more feasible. Electronic Lease facilitates “find me profile” through pairing of devices as well as the “proximity profile”, allowing a monitor detect a reporter when it is close in range.
Beacons or iBeacons—small objects transmitting location information to smartphones and powered by Bluetooth Smart—make the promise of a mobile wallet, mobile couponing, and location-based services possible. In addition to monitoring location, an app can estimate your proximity to an iBeacon. Instead of using latitude and longitude to define the location, iBeacon uses a Bluetooth low energy signal. Paypal Beacon allows consumers to check-in automatically and pay seamlessly with no cash, card or signature.
With the development of bluetooth low energy, the possibilities are endless and the future ahead is exciting. What bluetooth low energy applications can you think of? Leave a comment of how you are using BLE!