Bluetooth v4.0 introduced low energy technology to the
Bluetooth Core Specification, enabling new
Bluetooth Smart devices that can operate for months or even years on tiny, coin-cell batteries. Markets for these new devices include health care, sports and fitness, security, and home entertainment.
Bluetooth v4.0 is the most recent version of
Bluetooth wireless technology. It includes a low energy feature that is the basis for
Bluetooth Smart devices. A product bearing the
Bluetooth Smart and
Bluetooth Smart Ready logos must include
Bluetooth v4.0, but must also meet additional criteria.
The Bluetooth SIG announced the formal adoption of
Bluetooth Core Specification Version 4.0 in July 2010. By mid-2011, many devices based on this technology were under development and headed to market soon, including the first wave of
Bluetooth Smart Ready mobile phones due out in late 2011.
This technology is creating new opportunities for developers and manufacturers of
Bluetooth devices and applications, bringing to life entirely new markets for devices that are low-cost and operate with low power wireless connectivity.
Key features of
Bluetooth low energy wireless technology include:
For technical details about
Bluetooth v4.0 and low energy technology, visit the
Technical Information page.
Winners in the third annual Innovation World Cup were announced 30 January 2012. A panel of judges selected a small, wearable medical device and its inventor as the overall winner in the third annual
Bluetooth Innovation World Cup contest.
Visit the Innovation World Cup page for details.