The end of a year is a time to give thanks and reflect. It’s especially fitting this year at the Bluetooth SIG, as we’ve dedicated much of 2018 to thanking the Bluetooth community — the originators and creators responsible for the past 20 years of wireless innovation.

So, we’re spending the last few weeks of Bluetooth technology’s 20th year looking back at the most memorable moments, stories, trends, and accomplishments of 2018. Here are the five videos you watched the most this year.

 

20 Years of Blue (thanks to you)

Whether cutting the audio cable, streamlining data transfer between devices, revolutionizing indoor positioning and location services, or connecting and automating buildings, factories, and cities, Bluetooth® technology has been the ambient technology that made it all possible. And Bluetooth members are the innovators who made it happen. See how it all started, and all the Bluetooth community has accomplished over the years — forever changing the way we connect.

 

Illuminating Buildings and More – The Roadmap for Bluetooth Mesh

A presentation by Szymon Slupik, Silvair President & CTO

Szymon Slupik, Bluetooth SIG Mesh Working Group Chair and President & CTO of Silvair, examines the reasons why, in just a year’s time, Bluetooth® Mesh has won the low-power radio race. Slupik also discusses how to create a Bluetooth Mesh lighting control network that covers a wide range of applications beyond lighting.

 

The Expanding Role of Bluetooth in Smart Buildings

A presentation by Chuck Sabin, Bluetooth SIG Senior Director, Business Strategy and Planning

Historically, Bluetooth® specification enhancements have enabled waves of innovation that have sparked the creation or growth of new markets, as was the case for the audio and connected device markets. Sabin explores how Bluetooth is once again playing a significant role in a fast-growing emerging market — the smart building. Watch to see how recent advancements in Bluetooth technology are bringing the smart building of tomorrow to life today.

 

Audio is Blue (thanks to you)

The audio cable was one of the first cords Bluetooth cut. Since then, Bluetooth technology has become the default way to listen to wireless audio — stripping away the hassle of wires on headsets, speakers, home entertainment devices, and more. See how the Bluetooth community changed the way consumers experience audio.

 

Leveraging the Power of Bluetooth at Mall of America

A presentation by Janette Smrcka, Information Technology Director at Mall of America

Mall of America welcomes more than 40 million visitors each year and encompasses 520 stores on five levels for more than 5.6 million square feet of coverage. See how Mall of America is a great real-world example of how to leverage the power of Bluetooth® beacons to empower customer navigation and improve the overall guest experience in a building of any size.

Thanks for another amazing year! The best part of reflecting on what was, is that it inspires you to imagine what can be. If these videos (and history!) are any indication, there’s much to look forward to in 2019.

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