Auracast™ Broadcast Audio
“I have no doubts that Bluetooth® and Bluetooth LE Audio will dominate the market.”
– Alexander Tschekalinkskij, Fraunhofer IIS
LE Audio adds Auracast™ broadcast audio, a new capability that will enable an audio source transmitter (e.g., a smartphone) to broadcast one or more audio streams to an unlimited number of audio receivers (e.g., earbuds, speakers, hearing aids, etc.).
The introduction of Auracast™ broadcast audio opens significant new opportunities for wireless audio innovation. It will let us invite others to share in our audio experience, it will enable us to fully enjoy televisions in public spaces, unmuting what was once silent and creating a more complete watching experience, and it will allow us to hear our best in various public venues and environments. Over 60 million locations have the long-term potential to benefit from deploying Auracast™ broadcast audio.
“With broadcast audio, you’ll suddenly find that you can listen to anything, anywhere,” said Chris Church, senior staff engineer at Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “I think we won’t truly appreciate how useful broadcast audio will be until people are using it every day. Much like when your internet goes down, when you start to experience a network without broadcast audio in a few years’ time, you’ll quickly wonder where has it gone and how did you manage to live without it for so long.”
Future Wireless Audio Innovation
In addition to introducing new features to Bluetooth audio, LE Audio offers a new, flexible architecture that provides an ideal platform for future wireless audio innovation, and work within the Bluetooth SIG is already underway to bring additional LE Audio features and capabilities to market.
Qualification for consumer products seeking to add support for LE Audio is now enabled. Initial consumer products supporting LE Audio, including those with Auracast™ broadcast audio, are expected to come to market in the coming months, and LE Audio product availability is expected to ramp up as we approach the holiday season and end of the year.
“We don’t really know how it’s going to all come together in this new ecosystem, but the sky’s the limit and I’m looking forward to all the innovations that will come.”
– Jeff Solum, Starkey Hearing Technologies
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