This week will see the launch of Bluetooth 5, an improved version that will offer more connected services for those who love to be connected. The Bluetooth SIG (Special Interest Group) is schedule to make the announcement this week in London, according to the Bluetooth SIG Executive Director, Mark Powell. The new standard promises new features that will allow a more connected lifstyle, in and outside the home.
Toshiba has made available new hardware and Software Development Kits (SDK) for developers and manufacturers of Internet of Things (IOT) solutions. Both are based on Toshiba's proprietary technology ApP Lite TZ1000 series of processors for wearable and Internet of things devices. Together, the kits allow evaluation of devices in an environment closer to that of their final application. With the hardware and software kits vendors will be able to quickly and easily design application processors into their application that will shorten the development cycles.
You might think that with Philips Hue and all the other smart lighting solutions, you have seen all there is to home lighting but that might by wrong. IGOO, a company with a smartlamp of the same name said they wish to start a revolution on conventional home lighting to take us away from the Thomas Edison era of lighting. With up to 27 categories, the IGOO Smartlamp has a lighting effect for almost every mood you can feel and at the same time protecting the eyes.
Depending on the smart appliance you buy you are also making a decision on what communication protocol you want to use. With the growth in the Internet of Things (IoT) it is even more important because we want all of the devices in our homes to be able to communicate with each other securely. This is on the backdrop that there are many protocols for the home at the moment. To add to the complexity or to simplify things a new protocol 'Thread' has been introduced.
Broadcom and Philips Home Control have combined their technologies to create a new class of remote control for the emerging connected home appliances. The remote was developed using Broadcom Bluetooth technology and Philips expertise in advance wireless input and control solutions, and features Gestural Control for game consoles and other wirelessly connected devices.
Broadcom has announced that TiVo, the advance television service provider has selected Broadcom’s Bluetooth technology for a new remote. The new QWERTY keyboard remote control will help TiVo customers to take full advantage of the application services available through its TiVo Premiere, TiVo HD and TiVo Services boxes. The new TiVo Slide QWERTY keyboard remote control is the first TiVo remote to feature Bluetooth, enabling comfortable text entry for search and discovery of content.
Mitsubishi as selected Broadcom’s BCM2046 single-chip Bluetooth System-on-Chip (SoC)solution for a new range of HDTVs coming this summer. The new models of Mitsubishi Unisen Immersive Sound LED TVs will be built with Broadcom’s Bluetooth solution. With the popularity of smartphones and wireless technology, Mitsubishi is hoping to take advantage of the available technology to offer the public more options to enjoy their media content.
Although Wi-fi is in nearly 100 percent of shipped laptop Bluetooth loges behind at a significantly lower number. It is estimated that the ratio will change by 2014 to having Bluetooth in 90 percent of laptops shipped. The Broadcom InConcert Bluetooth and Wi-Fi modules were chosen by five of the top Laptop manufactures Asus and Samsung included for their netbook and notebook devices.
Bluetooth has upgraded it’s BTW (Bluetooth for Windows) to version 6.4. This new version it to facilitate better interaction between Bluetooth devices – that are based on the windows operating system, and to help drive more advance Bluetooth functionality into a wider collection of consumer connectivity applications. Included in BTW 6.4 are two new profiles that extend Bluetooth enabled devices to communicate with other devices.
Broadcom Corporation, a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, today announced that LG Electronics (LGE) has integrated its advanced Bluetooth(R) technology into a new line of digital televisions (DTVs) that are now shipping. Broadcom(R) Bluetooth capabilities featured in these new LGE televisions enable an innovative and personalized user experience by allowing consumers to connect other devices, such as wireless stereo headphones and cell phones, to the TV set.