Last night, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) announced the 11
finalists for the Bluetooth Breakthrough Awards. Asthmapolis, FMC, LUMO
BodyTech, MapMyFitness, Novalia, Orbotix, Parrot, Swissmed Mobile,
Tethercell, Weartech, and zSmart. The Bluetooth Breakthrough Awards are
an annual program that recognizes the best Bluetooth enabled products
and applications on the market today, as well as innovative prototypes
of products coming soon.
"2012 was a pretty incredible year for Bluetooth - we saw rapid adoption
of Bluetooth Smart Ready and Bluetooth Smart technology, a huge influx
in Bluetooth audio products, and a wealth of applications launched
utilizing Bluetooth connectivity," said Suke Jawanda, Bluetooth SIG CMO.
"The finalists selected for the Bluetooth Breakthrough Awards are a
perfect snapshot of the vast network of Bluetooth enabled products. From
tiny sensor devices like the Asthmapolis and LUMOback, to killer stereo
audio products, like the Parrot Zikmu Solo, our members are making
products, and the user experience, better with Bluetooth."
The Bluetooth SIG named the MetaWatch STRATA as an honorable mention
Finalists by Category
- Asthmapolis uses Bluetooth enabled inhaler sensors, mobile
applications, and advanced analytics to help patients and physicians
with asthma management.
BodyTech - LUMOback is a Bluetooth wireless sensor and mobile app
that provides real-time feedback on posture and movement.
- Sphero is the robotic ball gaming system controlled via a smartphone
or tablet with single and multi-player apps through a Bluetooth
- Zikmu Solo is an advanced wireless stereo tower speaker that streams
music via Bluetooth.
- GOW Trainer is a training system that includes a smart T-shirt with
integrated cardiac sensors, Bluetooth Smart heart rate monitor, an app,
and online tracking.
- Find My Car Smarter automatically saves your parking location through
its app and wireless connection with Bluetooth Smart technology.
- MapMyRun is a fitness tracking application that uses the built-in GPS
of a mobile device to track and manage all fitness activities, using
Bluetooth to connect with a myriad of products from different
Mobile - MedM Platform application is a mobile and desktop
patient-monitoring platform, using Bluetooth to connect with products
from different manufacturers.
- Viva La Revolucion brings interactivity to print with a poster that
uses state of the art techniques in printed electronics, pairing with
your smartphone via Bluetooth to control jazz jams.
LLC - Tethercell is a AA-battery adapter controlled via smartphone
or tablet that uses its app and Bluetooth Smart connectivity to switch
battery-operated devices on and off and track battery life.
- Mood LED is a 6-watt colored LED light bulb that has the color
selection, brightness, and power controlled wirelessly using Bluetooth
An overall winner, along with three category winners, will be announced
at the Pepcom media event on Feb. 24 at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2013
in Barcelona, Spain. As the title sponsor of this year's Bluetooth
Breakthrough Awards, Nordic Semiconductor will be awarding the finalists
with evaluation kits and giving away a free trip to its headquarters in
Norway to the category winners. The overall winner will also receive a
Bluetooth protocol analyzer, valued at USD 40,000, from Ellisys, the
preferred technology partner sponsor.
About Bluetooth® Wireless Technology
Bluetooth wireless technology is the global wireless standard enabling
simple, secure connectivity for an expanding range of devices and serves
as the backbone of the connected world. Bluetooth Smart Ready and
Bluetooth Smart branded devices, through an updatable platform and low
power consumption, create new application opportunities for the mobile
phone, consumer electronics, PC, automotive, health & fitness and smart
home industries. With over two billion devices shipping annually,
Bluetooth is the wireless technology of choice for developers, product
manufacturers, and consumers worldwide. Backed by industry leading
companies, the Bluetooth SIG empowers over 17,500 member companies to
collaborate, innovate and guide Bluetooth wireless technology. For more
information please visit www.bluetooth.com.
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