Bluetooth SIG opens Sports and Fitness Working group, targets active lifestyle users
In the not-so-distant future, we may see more Bluetooth-enabled sports and fitness sensor products and training computers that can be operated via our smartphone or tablet devices. The Bluetooth Special Interest Group is inviting members to help drive the technology’s use and growth in the sports and fitness markets.
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has announced the creation of the Sports and Fitness Working Group and is accepting members. The group is focussed on enhancing interoperability between Bluetooth-enabled sports and fitness sensor products and training computers (Bluetooth Smart devices) and hub devices such as smartphones, PCs, TVs (Bluetooth Smart Ready devices), gym equipment, watches and more to allow a new generation of functionality.
Bluetooth v4.0 with low energy technology allows any device to connect, share and distribute information in real-time. No other wireless technology is able to provide the limited energy consumption, usability, functionality and install-base that Bluetooth v4.0 brings to the sports and fitness market.
Bluetooth SIG member company, Mosoro, has announced a Bluetooth Smart sensor that connects to a golf club and can instantly send information about the player’s golf swing to a smartphone for real-time feedback on how to improve. In 2011, Motorola introduced the MOTOACTV, a Bluetooth Smart fitness watch that can support low energy devices – like a heart rate sensor – and lets you receive alerts on your phone, as well as stream music through Bluetooth-enabled ear buds. Fitness giant, Nike, has recently introduced its Nike+ FuelBand, a wristband that uses Bluetooth technology to automatically synchronize with your smartphone to let users easily track and analyze physical activity.
These unique products are a few examples of how sports and fitness devices are being made better with Bluetooth technology and it is just the beginning of what users can expect to see in this market. IMS Research forecasts more than 60 million Bluetooth enabled sports, fitness and health monitoring devices will ship between 2010 and 2015 including over 17.7 million heart monitors, more than seven million sports watches and over two million speed and distance monitors.
For more information on becoming a member, visit the membership page at www.Bluetooth.org.
Source: Korea Newswire