Feeds

Bluetooth smartens up in low-energy makeover

Low-go logo for Smart kit

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

The Bluetooth SIG has announced two new logos, aimed at pushing Bluetooth Low Energy without the clunky moniker.

Bluetooth devices able to communicate with the latest sensors and low-power devices will be branded "Bluetooth Smart Ready", while the sensors themselves carry the "Bluetooth Smart" logo - ironically indicting they are actually quite dumb in computing terms.

The new Bluetooth logos

Stupid sensors are "Smart", while smart hubs are "Smart Ready"

Bluetooth Low Energy is the abandoned son of Nokia, originally named WiBree, and was shoehorned into the Bluetooth standard on the grounds that it uses 2.4GHz like Bluetooth does.

Devices using Bluetooth Low Energy should be able to run on a button cell for several months, making it ideal for the heart monitors, connected wrist watches, and smart electricity meters that everyone seems to think we'll all want in the next few years.

Bluetooth Low Energy was always a stupid name, and manufacturers wanted a way to easily distinguish between the sensors and the devices with which they communicate, so "Smart Ready" and "Smart" is the way it's going to be.

Low Energy is part of the "Bluetooth 4" specification, but remains optional along with the "High Speed" specification from version 3. High Speed uses a normal Bluetooth connection to negotiate a peer-to-peer wi-fi connection, or it would if anyone could find two devices supporting the Bluetooth High Speed spec - the chaps over at Hard Reg have chronicled the details of the latest standard.

Bluetooth Smart Ready should be more-widely supported, as manufacturers can see an obvious revenue stream selling Bluetooth Smart peripherals, and at least we now know what logo we should be looking out for to ensure our running shoes are compatible with our set-top box. ®

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
Same old iPad? NO. The new 'soft SIMs' are BIG NEWS
AppleSIM 'ware to allow quick switch of carriers
Brits: Google, can you scrape 60k pages from web, pleeease
Hey, c'mon Choc Factory, it's our 'right to be forgotten'
Of COURSE Stephen Elop's to blame for Nokia woes, says author
'Google did have some unique propositions for Nokia'
FCC, Google cast eye over millimetre wireless
The smaller the wave, the bigger 5G's chances of success
It's even GRIMMER up North after MEGA SKY BROADBAND OUTAGE
By 'eck! Eccles cake production thrown into jeopardy
Mobile coverage on trains really is pants
You thought it was just *insert your provider here*, but now we have numbers
Don't mess with Texas ('cos it's getting Google Fiber and you're not)
A bit late, but company says 1Gbps Austin network almost ready to compete with AT&T
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
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?
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.