Bluetooth

By Dave Muoio 04:38 pm July 31, 2020
Google has posted an update on Exposure Notifications – their system-level framework for COVID-19 contact tracing developed in tandem with Apple – revealing that the tools have been incorporated into digital contact-tracing apps launched in 16 countries. Further, 20 U.S. states and territories are "exploring apps" based on the system, according to Google, the first set of which are expected to go...
By Dave Muoio 02:52 pm July 21, 2020
Despite very public messaging that the Bluetooth contact-tracing tools for COVID-19 developed by Google and Apple would not track users' locations, its implementation within Android operating systems still collects GPS data that Google could use to determine the user's location, The New York Times reports. The issue is driven by the operating system's device location setting, which must be...

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By Dave Muoio 03:13 pm April 9, 2020
A research effort based out of MIT is looking to individuals' smartphones as tools for automatic COVID-19 contact tracing, but it's taking a unique approach that doesn't log GPS data or other potentially identifying information. Rather, the multi-organization Private Automatic Contact Tracing (PACT) team is turning to smartphones' Bluetooth functionality – or more specifically, the short-range...
By Dave Muoio 11:56 am March 4, 2020
The FDA is warning of new cybersecurity vulnerabilities affecting Bluetooth Low Energy communications technology used in certain medical devices. According to the agency, the issue could allow unauthorized users to wirelessly crash a device, prevent it from working or access functions limited to its users. The FDA says the vulnerabilities – referred to as "SweynTooth" by the researchers who...

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By Laura Lovett 03:33 pm September 3, 2019
With a focus on hearing accessibility, Google has teamed up with Cochlear and GN Hearing to launch a new service that uses Bluetooth Low Energy to stream content from Android devices directly to hearing aids.  Customers will be able to use their hearing aids to tap into the audio from their Android device. The technology was developed with a particular emphasis on preserving battery life for...
By Jonah Comstock 02:42 pm July 5, 2017
At least three digital health companies are poised to take advantage of native Bluetooth on the Apple Watch, announced at the company’s WWDC keynote last month. In addition to Dexcom (which was announced on stage), Apple Watch apps are also either deployed or in the works from both respiratory health company Propeller Health and ReSound, a connected hearing aid company. “New for this year, we're...
By Jonah Comstock 01:43 pm September 8, 2016
The rumors were true. Apple is ditching the headphone jack from the iPhone 7 in favor of headphones that connect via the lightning adapter or wirelessly via Bluetooth. The company argues that the headphone jack is ancient technology whose time has come and that omitting it allows for a thinner and more waterproof device. Critics are upset that they won't be able to use their existing headphones...
By Jonah Comstock 01:20 pm April 25, 2016
The Bluetooth app-connected pregnancy test that was announced at CES, Pregnancy Pro from First Response, has now launched, and can be purchased online from Target, Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, Amazon, Rite Aid, and Kroger. "First Response has been a trusted brand for women for nearly 30 years and we understand the many emotions and questions that arise during the pregnancy journey. When seeking...
By Jonah Comstock 09:10 am October 2, 2014
Glooko, which makes a cable that syncs popular glucose meters to a companion app on smartphones, has always said it plans eventually to replace that cable with a wireless Bluetooth connection. Today, the company announced that they've finally released that product, the Bluetooth MeterSync Blue. The small box will plug into a patient's glucose meter and send the information wireless, via Bluetooth...
By Brian Dolan 04:09 am January 16, 2014
Alere Connect, formerly known as MedApps before it was acquired by Alere, announced FDA clearance this week for its latest home health hub, HomeLink. The clearance rounds out Alere Connect's portfolio of hub devices to three main options: HomeLink, MobileLink, and HealthPAL. While each of the hub devices uses a cellular radio for backhaul -- no need to connect it via ethernet or your home WiFi...