2016 BBA Winner


Are you innovating and building for the Internet of Things? Does your innovation use Bluetooth technology to bring about experiences that make our lives, work, and even play just better?

2016 Winners Announced

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) today announced the overall winner and four category winners for the 2016 Bluetooth Breakthrough Awards from its annual CES media and demo event, Discover Blue. 

Winners by Category:

Overall Winner

Fliegl Tracker (Fliegl Agratechnik GmbH) is a Bluetooth beacon-based vehicle detection system that reduces food safety concerns by making the agricultural distribution cycle more transparent and the production of foodstuffs traceable. Small and reliable, Bluetooth beacons are the linchpin of this IoT solution for agriculture and make Fliegl’s long-term plans to improve food safety around the globe a possibility.

Breakthrough Product Winner

ilumi LED Smartbulb (ilumi Solutions) is an advanced wireless lighting system facilitated by the effortless connectivity of Bluetooth. ilumi leverages the interoperability of Bluetooth to control lights, share lighting access with friends and family, and connect multiple lights together to cover whole home and commercial installations.

Breakthrough Application Winner

ReSound Smart App (ReSound) is the first hearing aid app with a direct Bluetooth connection between your hearing aids and your Apple Watch, iPhone, or Android device. With the secure, reliable connection of Bluetooth, you can manage and personalize your hearing experience – intuitively and discretely – with programmable settings and data sharing with your healthcare professional, further embracing the benefits of connected medical devices.

Breakthrough Prototype Winner

Bioshift (Baron Biosystems Ltd.) is an intelligent gear selection system that uses Bluetooth sensors to constantly determine the optimal gear for a cyclist, in real-time, based on their specific athletic characteristics and needs. The power efficiency and dynamic capabilities of Bluetooth make it possible for Bioshift to provide the ideal cycling experience.

Breakthrough APAC Region Winner

Easy Sous-vide (KitchBot) is a Bluetooth enabled thermometer that allows you to control temperature and monitor cook time of your rice or slow cooker from your smart phone, making a delicious home cooked meal a reality for everyone. With a simple Bluetooth connection, anyone can perfectly braise meats or prepare seafood without expensive specialty equipment or years of cooking experience. 

The Bluetooth Breakthrough Awards also include a student category, recognizing the most ambitious ideas from the next generation of Bluetooth pioneers. More information on our student finalists at: http://blog.bluetooth.com/meet-the-next-generation-of-bluetooth-pioneers/. The student winner will be announced at Bluetooth World in March. 

About the Awards

The Bluetooth SIG is looking for the best of the best in Bluetooth® products, applications, prototypes, and student-led projects that deliver the convenience, efficiency, and benefits of the IoT. The Bluetooth Breakthrough Awards program highlights the most innovative products and applications available today, prototypes coming soon, and student-led projects in the making. Check out winners from last year to see who best represented how Bluetooth is impacting the connected world around us.

Start the submission process now - there is no fee to enter and you can submit as many of your products, applications, and prototypes as you wish.


Bluetooth technology is enabling the Internet of Things and you have the chance to be one of the stars of the show by submitting your product, application, prototype or student-led project.





Targeting products available for purchase, products in this category will be judged on innovation, ease of use, convenience, reliability, and market appeal - Open to Bluetooth SIG members only.  For software applications available for download, applications will provide the most innovative user experience for interacting with Bluetooth devices - Open to Bluetooth SIG members only. For products with a workable prototype, this category shines a light on the Bluetooth innovations coming soon. Show us how life will be better with Bluetooth in the near future.  For individuals enrolled in high school, college-level, or post-graduate school. Submissions will benefit from a letter of recommendation from a teacher or professor.

Before entering your Product, Application, Prototype or Student-led Project, you must review the Official Rules

Questions about the overall program? Contact us.

How it Works

An expert panel will choose finalists from each category. Judging will be based on uniqueness of idea, interoperability testing, ease of use, and correct use of Bluetooth trademarks.

Finalists and winners will be promoted on Bluetooth SIG websites, press releases, social media channels, and other SIG communications. Product, Prototype and Application category winners will be invited to the Bluetooth SIG media event in Las Vegas to showcase their entry to the attending media. The Student category winner will receive a cash prize of $5,000 USD. Additional sponsor donated prizes may also be offered. The overall winner of the Bluetooth Breakthrough Awards program will receive two roundtrip tickets to Bluetooth World and booth space in the exhibition hall (valued at $12,500 USD).

About the Sponsors


Nordic Semiconductor specializes in ultra-low power short-range wireless communication. The company’s range of 2.4GHz transceivers are employed by some of the world’s leading brands in a wide variety of applications. Nordic is a member of the Bluetooth SIG and contributed core expertise in ULP RF design to Bluetooth with low energy wireless technology.


Frontline is the world’s leading provider of Bluetooth protocol analysis technology and the premier Bluetooth device testing (interoperability, robustness, etc.) and Bluetooth services house. 84 out of the Fortune 100 companies use Frontline. Frontline’s technology has been integrated into the Profile Tuning Suite, the tool which determines if a product meets Bluetooth interoperability standards. Frontline supports the entire range of Bluetooth technology.

AnarenAnaren is a major innovator of standard products and custom microwave and RF technology. Our products are the result of innovative engineering, design, materials processing, and world-class volume manufacturing, and all contain our core competency in high-frequency electronics. Our custom products are sold directly to OEMs, and our standard components are sold/serviced through our worldwide network.


Broadcom Corporation is a global leader and innovator in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications. Broadcom® products seamlessly deliver voice, video, data and multimedia connectivity in the home, office and mobile environments.  With the industry's broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art system-on-a-chip and embedded software solutions, Broadcom is changing the world by Connecting everything®. For more information visit www.broadcom.com.


Qualcomm Global Trading Pte. Ltd., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, has completed its acquisition of CSR plc. This opens new possibilities for automotive and the Internet of Everything (IoE) that will enable the innovations of the future. Our leading Bluetooth connectivity platforms and silicon provide a complete Bluetooth qualified solution that is easy-to-integrate and cost-effective. Visit our developer zone to see how Bluetooth low energy platform enable hundreds of new applications.