Feeds

New Bluetooth profiles for heart rate, body temp kit

Sticker can message you your kid's temperature

Boost IT visibility and business value

Two Bluetooth profiles, covering heart rate and temperature monitoring, have been published today as the Bluetooth SIG continues trying to get the world excited by its Low Energy variant.

Bluetooth is already used for both heart and fever monitoring, but a formal profile should enable devices from different manufacturers to work together, and these two are only the first of a handful of new profiles intended to make Bluetooth Low Energy as ubiquitous as its less-frugal sibling.

Bluetooth Low Energy was born of Nokia's Wibree, and enables long sleep periods and very low-power transmissions which should result in a battery life measured in months: essential for the kind of sensor applications which are widely expected to become much more common. Today's release includes sensors for monitoring temperature (so a sticker could send a kid's fever to a mobile phone) and pulse (for those who need to see their heart rate to believe it), but the end of June will see a handful of other profiles added.

Those include an alerting system by which a phone can tell a watch (or similar) that it is ringing or has a new message, and proximity reporting to set off an alarm if two devices are separated to enable child/pet/phone tagging. We'll also see a location profile for tracking down lost Bluetooth devices.

None of these applications are new; we've seen them all before using existing Bluetooth profiles or proprietary radio technologies, but having documented profiles should make them interoperable and the SIG hopes that will encourage manufacturers who have, so far, proved a little sluggish in investing in Bluetooth Low Energy. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Déjà vu: Virgin Media jacks up broadband prices
Screw copper phone lines, we're UNIQUE, bleats telco
UK fuzz want PINCODES on ALL mobile phones
Met Police calls for mandatory passwords on all new mobes
Netflix swallows yet another bitter pill, inks peering deal with TWC
Net neutrality crusader once again pays up for priority access
Fifteen zero days found in hacker router comp romp
Four routers rooted in SOHOpelessly Broken challenge
New Sprint CEO says he will lower axe on staff – but prices come first
'Very disruptive' new rates to be revealed next week
US TV stations bowl sueball directly at FCC's spectrum mega-sale
Broadcasters upset about coverage and cost as they shift up and down the dials
UK mobile coverage is BETTER than EVER, networks tell Ofcom
Regulator swallows this line and parrots it back out at us. What are they playing at?
What's the nature of your emergency, Vodafone?
Oh, you've dialled the wrong number for ad fibs, rules ASA
EE network whacked by 'PDP authentication failure' blunder
Carrier is 'aware' of cockup, working on a fix NOW
ROAD TRIP! An FCC road trip – Leahy demands net neutrality debate across US
You crashed watchdog's site, now time to crash its ears
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
7 Elements of Radically Simple OS Migration
Avoid the typical headaches of OS migration during your next project by learning about 7 elements of radically simple OS migration.
BYOD's dark side: Data protection
An endpoint data protection solution that adds value to the user and the organization so it can protect itself from data loss as well as leverage corporate data.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?