The iPhone 4S is the first phone to support the Bluetooth 4.0 standard. SIG which stands for the Special Interest Group have started to promote the technology calling it the “Bluetooth Smart”. Yesterday a press release was issued that the Bluetooth SIG outlined the types of devices that will fall into the Bluetooth Smart categories. They stated:
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) announced two new brand extensions to its globally recognized logo today in an effort to create consumer awareness around compatibility for new devices implementing Bluetooth v4.0 – the Bluetooth Smart Ready trademark and the Bluetooth Smart trademark. Bluetooth Smart Ready devices are phones, tablets, PCs and TVs that sit at the center of a consumer’s connected world and implement a Bluetooth v4.0 dual mode radio. Bluetooth Smart devices are sensor-type devices like heart-rate monitors or pedometers that run on button-cell batteries and were built to collect a specific piece of information. Bluetooth Smart devices include only a single-mode low energy Bluetooth v4.0 radio.
Bluetooth Smart is said to allow devices to connect wirelessly using low-power standards, and enabling a lot of new features that were not present previously.
Bluetooth Smart devices are designed to gather a specific type of information—are all the windows on my house locked, what is my insulin level, how much do I weigh today?—and send it to a Bluetooth Smart Ready device.
Examples include heart-rate monitors, blood-glucose meters, smart watches, window and door security sensors, key fobs for your car, and blood-pressure cuffs—the opportunities are endless.
The new iPhone 4S is said to not be able to make full use of all the features that the Bluetooth Smart has to offer because of the lack of peripheral single-mode Smart devices capable of transmitting data to the iPhone. However, manufacturers will be quick in promoting the adoption of the Smart Technology in a rand of product designs. As Apple is known to have been working on building Bluetooth 4.0 support into several of its latest Mac lines, including the Mac mini and MacBook Air.
Let us know what you think of this new technology.