The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) announced today the finalists of the 3rd Annual Bluetooth Innovation World Cup (IWC). The nine finalists, one of whom will be named Bluetooth Innovator of the Year, include developers and entrepreneurs who submitted market ready products and concepts for applications and devices using the low energy feature of Bluetooth v4.0.
The 2011 Bluetooth Innovation World Cup focuses on three categories: sports & fitness, healthcare, and automotive, entertainment & more. The nine finalists were selected from over 330 international submissions by a global panel of experts. From barbells that wirelessly monitor and correct the form of the user to a wireless health monitor for newborn infants, which could reduce incidents of sudden infant death syndrome, the submissions for the IWC demonstrate the broad potential of Bluetooth wireless technology in our connected future.
Three finalists for each of the categories will be presented at the MEDICA trade fair in Dusseldorf (Nov. 16-19), where the Bluetooth SIG is participating in the Wearable Technologies Show in Hall 15 booth C04. Come by to see the innovative ideas and learn more about Bluetooth wireless technology or visit http://www.bluetooth.com/Pages/IWC.aspx
The winners for each category and the overall winner of Bluetooth Innovator of the Year 2011 will be announced at an awards ceremony on Jan. 30, 2012, at ISPO trade show in Munich, Germany.
The selected finalists in the sports & fitness category transform the sporting experience making training more efficient and wirelessly enabling a more complete athletic solution. The finalists include:
• Recon Instruments created a Bluetooth low energy enabled remote control for their MOD technology; revolutionary, unobtrusive head-mounted micro optics displays for goggles that give the user real-time access to performance and communications information direct-to-eye in fast paced environments.
• Eric and Meaghan Zorij (Diesel Dogs LLC) submitted a concept for Bluetooth Barbells that monitor the form being used for various free weight exercises, log the form observed and offer suggestions on form improvement.
• Vlad Savchenko (SoundOfMotion) developed a heart rate monitoring system integrated into headphones that enable athletes to measure the heart rate without wearing an uncomfortable chest belt.
Bluetooth v4.0 with low energy is transforming the healthcare industry, creating efficiencies and promoting responsible personal health monitoring, as shown by the innovators in this category. The finalists include:
• Guilherme de Paula (Pancreum LLC) created the CoreMD, a wireless communication and power infrastructure for low-cost replaceable/disposable wearable medical devices for patients with diabetes and other chronic diseases that can sense body conditions (temperature, heart rate, blood pressure, interstitial glucose, etc) and/or deliver subcutaneous drugs (insulin, glucagon, vasopressors, etc).
• Arturas Vaitaitis and Jung Bae Kim submitted a concept for an ID wristband and health monitor for newborn infants that monitors the baby’s activity and prevents sudden infant death syndrome by sending vital data via Bluetooth technology to a smartphone/computer.
• Dan Corkum took advantage of the unique advantages of Bluetooth low energy technology to develop a connected medicine packaging and treatment adherence aid system that transmits data on whether the patient is taking his medicine correctly to physicians or support personnel.
The three innovations in this category display concepts to improve daily life using Bluetooth v4.0 with low energy technology. The finalists include:
• Ade Olunaike (Teleaf) developed an internationally patented, self-weighing platform in the back of a suitcase that allows the user to pre-set a luggage weight limit on iOS devices and monitor the actual luggage content weight while packing.
• Robby Stribley (“Forget-Me-Not”) created a smartphone application which connects with a Forget-Me-Not sensor, a Bluetooth low energy technology module, that can be incorporated into any device that the owner wants to avoid losing.
• Michael Setton (Sensaris) submitted the idea for Senspods – cheap, easy-to-use and independent Bluetooth enabled geolocated sensors – which allow citizens to use mobile communications to collect humidity and other environmental data.
Texas Instruments (TI) is the title sponsor of this year’s IWC. TI awarded free Bluetooth v4.0 development kits to over 100 developers who submit prototypes to the competition. Additional sponsors for this year’s competition include Ellisys and Freescale Semiconductor as preferred technology partners, and Bluegiga, Nordic Semiconductor, STMicroelectronics and VARTA Microbattery. Freescale gave out free sensor toolboxes to interested participants, and Bluegiga and Nordic Semiconductor will award starter kits to the nine finalists. Furthermore, the IWC is supported by an international network of partners including the Continua Health Alliance, ispo, Team Côte d’Azur, Wearable Technologies and the WFSGI.
Bluetooth wireless technology is the global wireless standard enabling simple connectivity for a broad range of electronic devices. Version 4.0 featuring Bluetooth low energy technology creates new application opportunities for products within the mobile phone, consumer electronics, PC, automotive, health & wellness, sports & fitness and smart home industries. With nearly 2 billion devices shipping annually, Bluetooth technology is the only proven wireless solution for developers, product manufacturers, and consumers worldwide. Backed by industry leading companies, the Bluetooth SIG empowers more than 15,000 member companies to collaborate, innovate and guide Bluetooth wireless technology. For more information please visit www.bluetooth.com. Bluetooth wireless technology: Simple. Secure. Everywhere.