Winners of the Bluetooth Breakthrough Awards program were announced on 2 March from the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona, Spain. The category winners epitomizing the best Bluetooth enabled products and applications on the market today, as well as innovative prototypes and concepts are: Procter & Gamble in the Application Category; SMART Technologies in the Product Category; iCradle in the Prototype Category. Additionally, sixteen-year-old Kenneth Shinozuka was named winner of the Breakthrough Awards student category, which celebrates submissions from the next generation of Bluetooth innovators and young entrepreneurs.
From these category winners, iCradle's Bluetooth Smart enabled wireless hub and hands-free bicycle system, COBI, was selected as the Overall Winner.
BusAccess, smart public transport application and product (GeoMobile GmbH)Microsoft Band, fitness tracker (Microsoft Corporation)Nova, smartphone flash accessory and application (SneakySquid LLC) SMART kapp, Bluetooth enabled whiteboard (SMART Technologies) SwingTracker, motion monitor for softball/baseball bats (Diamond Kinetics) Zuli Smartplug, smart plug/outlet adapter (Zuli)
Cub Connect™, lawn tractor and application (Cub Cadet) Oral-B Application, electronic toothbrush and application (Procter & Gamble) ReSound Smart™, hearing aid and application (GN ReSound) Riccardo Application, in-store beacon system and retail application (AMP Media Group)
COBI, wireless hub and hands-free bicycle system (iCradle GmbH) FITGuard, Bluetooth enabled mouth guard (Force Impact Technologies) FreeWavz, wireless headphones with fitness tracking capabilities (hEar Gear, Inc) Noke, Bluetooth enabled padlock (FŪZ Designs)oort, home automation system and hub (Oort Technologies) SmartMat, sensor-laden yoga mat (SmartMat)
Santiago Ambit, WeOn GlassesChristopher Morales, BlueFlyOlivia Siller, Bluetooth Diabetic PumpKenneth Shinozuka, Wearable Sensors for Healthcare InnovationJody Vankeuren, CAPD BluetoothSarah White, Fitwell
The overall winner will be awarded two round trip tickets to attend Bluetooth World 2015 in April, along with entry into the event and free exhibition space, valued at $12,500 USD.
The Bluetooth Breakthrough Awards 2016 Program will launch in April so get your latest and greatest Bluetooth application, product, prototype or application ready and keep checking back. Be sure to check out the Innovation Training Series and learn more about developing with Bluetooth technology.