Bluetooth Smart (Low Energy) for Android

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Bluetooth Smart, aka Low Energy, has massive potential to transform the way we interact with digital things in the physical world.  What makes it special is the combination of ultra low power requirements, inexpensive chipsets and wide adoption by consumer electronics manufacturers.  According to a report by IHS Inc, by 2018 90% of smartphones will be Bluetooth Smart ready.  Surprisingly, forecasts project that 60% of Bluetooth Smart chips will be shipped not for use in smartphones but other consumer electronic appliances.

This week we presented an overview on Bluetooth Smart to the Android Australia community.  We explored:

  • Bluetooth Smart advantages
  • differences from Bluetooth classic
  • support on Android devices
  • Apple's iBeacon protocol
  • emerging Bluetooth Smart services

Thanks to the Android Australia community for hosting us.   Our presentation is hosted at: