"The development of Bluetooth high speed and Wi-Fi Direct could bring the technologies head-to-head for the first time", well perhaps the first time in the last few years
At Clarinox the memory goes back a little further as the company has been involved with Bluetooth for nearly a decade. Over this period we have seen many claims and counterclaims, adoptions and adaptions, and watched the technology grow from strength to strength to become the technology of choice for many applications.
The hardware agnostic Clarinox stack achieved music streaming to multiple units as early as 2003 in an implementation for Tata Consultancy Services. For more details click here
The Clarinox stack was a finalist in the Australian Technology Showcase Award 2007, received the AIIA Victorian Merit Award in 2009 and the EDN 2009 Best Design Software Award.
Standard Bluetooth after many years of progress is suitable for applications like:
- Headset &/or Handsfree, Clarinox provides a slimline Class 1 or Class 2 Bluetooth 3.0 board design with integrated software for the Bluetooth A2DP, AVRCP, Handsfree and Headset profiles, read more
- Remote control, command/diagnostics: anything from medical equipment to remotely controlled robots, to see how Clarinox Bluetooth technology was used to assist children with hearing impairments read more
- Short range voice to facilitate real time transfer of information for fire fighters, construction workers, machine room staff or anyone who wants audio network within a confined area such as our case study on the help such a system can provide the vision impaired, read more
- Message access, phonebook access and other handset related functions; Voice prompts for control of phone calls - or equipment items; File, music or even video data transfer; In cabin automotive entertainment applications
- To discuss your application requirements contact us
In addition to this list, as IMS have discussed, Bluetooth now has high speed capability which opens up many new applications such as video streaming. However high speed is not the only change, as Bluetooth 4.0 also brings a low power version which will allow tiny, button battery based, devices to run for many years on one set of batteries.
The Clarinox embedded middleware combines several of the main building blocks required for wireless device and system development and so provides a more complete package for the product developer. Development is faster, more robust and readily portable to many platforms.
So, back to that comment from IMS, well yes, the addition of both low speed and high speed versions of the Bluetooth technology will expand the application potential for Bluetooth and hence will cause it to compete against other technologies in those spaces - will the competition be head-to-head? We think that at this time, as the internet of things ramps up, both WiFi and Bluetooth will have a place.
For more information on wireless technologies and Clarinox Bluetooth hardware and software solutions please see http://www.clarinox.com/ or contact us by phone or email.
Warm regards from Australia,
Gokhan Tanyeri & Trish Messiter,