As a Bluetooth Smart Ready hub, the new iPad is not only ready to connect to classic Bluetooth devices like mice, keyboards, and wireless speakers, but also to the growing collection of new Bluetooth Smart devices that can run on a tiny battery for up to a year.
Motorola Releases its First Bluetooth Smart Ready Phone
Motorola resurrected its renowned RAZR phone brand with a new Android smartphone that becomes the company's first Bluetooth Smart Ready device. The new Droid Razr is nothing like the best-selling RAZR phones of a decade ago, however, except for its thinness.
This RAZR has a 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED display, a dual-core processor, a tough, "gorilla glass" screen, and a slim profile of just 7.1mm.
The Droid RAZR is available from Verizon Wireless.
Apple Releases World's First Bluetooth Smart Ready Computers and Phone
The new iPhone 4S may look like the iPhone 4, but it has many important differences inside. One big addition is the use of Bluetooth v4.0. This will allow the new iPhone to wirelessly connect to the next generation of devices coming out later this year with Bluetooth v4.0.
The new iPhone 4S also features a more advanced camera, the more powerful A5 processor, and many new software features.
Like the MacBook Air, the new Mac mini also adds Bluetooth v4.0, which will allow it to wirelessly connect to the next generation of Bluetooth v4.0 phones and other devices coming out later this year.
The new Mac mini also features the latest dual-core Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, AMD Radeon HD graphics, and high-speed Thunderbolt I/O technology.
The new MacBook Air—Apple's thinnest and lightest notebook—adds Bluetooth v4.0. This will allow it to wirelessly connect to the next generation of mobile phones and many other devices coming out later this year with Bluetooth v4.0.
The new MacBook Air also features the latest-generation Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, high-speed Thunderbolt I/O technology, and all-flash storage.
Bluetooth Smart products
Garmin GPS Hiking Watch Adds Bluetooth Technology
Garmin has a lot of GPS watches over the years for running, cycling, swimming and even golf. Now it's released a new GPS watch with navigation and tracking features to help hikers find their way through the wilderness.
The Garmin fenix adds Bluetooth technology to let hikers wirelessly share tracks, waypoints, routes and geocaches with their smartphone. The Bluetooth Smart watch includes a new Garmin BaseCamp app for Windows or Mac that lets you view maps, plan routes, and mark waypoints and tracks from your computer and then transfer them to the fenix.
The $400 watch also includes built-in sensors to provide information on heading, elevation and weather changes (barometric pressure and temperature), in addition to GPS for recording distance, pace and routes.
Nike Creates World's First Bluetooth Smart Shoes
Nike+ Basketball and Training Shoes
When people think of Bluetooth technology, few think of shoes. But that's likely to change as Nike starts selling its new line of Nike+ basketball and training shoes, which feature an embedded Bluetooth Smart sensor in the sole.
The athletic shoe giant is promoting its new Nike Hyperdunk+ basketball shoe, LunarTR1+ men's training shoe and Lunar Hyperworkout+ women's training shoe, which went on sale June 29.
Each shoe has four pressure sensors that gather information from different parts of the foot and send it via Bluetooth wireless technology to an Apple iPhone or iPod Touch. A Nike+ Training app on the device displays vertical jump, quickness, calories, "NikeFuel" points and other performance data.
Wahoo Fitness Heart-rate Monitor for the iPhone 4S
Wahoo Blue HR Heart-rate Monitor
This Bluetooth Smart heart-rate monitor from Wahoo Fitness is designed to connect quickly and easily to the iPhone 4S or any other Bluetooth Smart Ready device, such as a tablet or smartphone. The $79 device connects wirelessly without the need for any adapters, delivering real-time heart rate data through the free Wahoo Fitness App.
Wahoo offers an open API that allows developers to make their apps work with the Wahoo Blue.
Eventually, Bluetooth Smart heart-rate monitors like this could be used for more than just exercise. As one reviewer from GigaOm wrote , "Imagine doctors that can remotely monitor the pulse of their patients after a procedure or upon starting a new medication."
Polar Releasing First Bluetooth Smart Heart-rate Monitor
Polar H7 Heart Strap
This Bluetooth Smart device allows you to quickly connect to any Bluetooth Smart Ready device, such as a tablet or smartphone, to store and display heart rate data and other workout statistics.
Polar makes a wide variety of heart rate sensors and fitness watches with sophisticated training features. The Polar H7 is the company's first Bluetooth Smart device, and its second Bluetooth enabled heart-rate monitor.
Casio Ready to Release its First Bluetooth Smart Device
Casio G-Shock Smart Watch
Casio created its first Bluetooth Smart device—a watch that's able to communicate wirelessly with a Bluetooth Smart Ready phone.
The Casio G-Shock GB-6900 can notify you with a tone or vibration when you receive new calls or emails, and displays a visible alert. This could be especially useful when your phone is stashed in a pocket or purse and set to vibrate instead of ring, according to David Pogue of The New York Times .
The new G-Shock will be available in black, white and red. Because the watch uses Bluetooth low energy technology, it will be able to operate for two years on a single coin-cell battery.
The GB-6900 is out now in Japan, and coming soon to North America and Europe.
Motorola Releases Bluetooth Smart Device for Music, Running and More
This tiny new Bluetooth Smart device from Motorola is a sophisticated fitness tracker, smart music player and training system. It lets you listen to music on the optional Motorola SF600 Bluetooth wireless headphones while running or doing other workouts in the gym or outside.
The MOTOACTV includes precision GPS to track your distance and speed, a "smart" music player that learns what songs motivate you the most by tracking your performance against your music, a touchscreen, audio "coaching" on pace and distance, and more.
The MOTOACTV is available with 8GB or 16GB of memory .
Dayton and Nordic Create First Bluetooth Smart Device Heart Strap
Dayton Heart-rate Strap
Dayton Industrial Co. Ltd created the world's first production-ready heart-rate chest strap that is a Bluetooth Smart device. The strap uses a new Bluetooth v4.0 low energy chip from Nordic Semiconductor.
Users won't need a special matching watch like most heart-rate monitors use today. According to Nordic , the strap can be paired with a phone or other Bluetooth Smart Ready device in seconds, allowing people to display their heart rate on their phone while they work out and analyze it later.