Bluetooth smart technology relies on wearables

11 December 2013

Analyst ABI Research believes that wearable technology is seeing phenomenal growth, and Bluetooth technology will benefit

From fitness trackers to Bluetooth Smart-enabled running shoes, and from watches, bracelets to gloves and hats, Bluetooth wireless technology allows these items to capture data and send it back to an application on a smartphone or tablet.

Bluetooth Smart is fast becoming the de facto connectivity solution for wearable technology, spurred by growth in wearable sports and fitness trackers, which make up 96% of shipped wearable devices in 2013. The analyst projects 32million Bluetooth-enabled sports and fitness devices will ship this year alone.

Bluetooth Smart is the intelligent, power-friendly version of Bluetooth wireless technology that is making wearables practical for the mass market. Its power-efficiency makes it perfect for devices to run off a tiny battery for long periods of time, with the ability to work with an application on the smartphone or tablet the consumer already owns. Bluetooth Smart makes it easy for developers and OEMs to create solutions that will work with the billions of Bluetooth enabled products already in the market today.

“The cost, footprint and energy needs of Bluetooth Smart are miniscule – you can add this technology to practically anything, from watches to band-aids, with little or no changes to the look and feel of the original product,” said Suke Jawanda, Bluetooth SIG CMO.

ABI Research segments the wearable technology market into seven sections: wearable cameras, smart clothing, smart glasses, healthcare, sports and activity trackers, wearable 3D motion trackers, and smartphone compatible watches. The sports and activity tracker segment shipped 32million devices shipping in 2013 alone, and it expects to see rapid growth from smart watch, smart glass, segments next year.

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