Bluetooth SIG

By Jonah Comstock March 25, 2014
UK-based BlueMaestro has put a new spin on health monitors for babies. The company offers parents a dishwasher-proof smart pacifier, which has a built-in temperature sensor that will track their babies' temperature over time. “I know first-hand the difficulty in taking a sick baby’s temperature," co-founder Kristin Hancock told the Bluetooth SIG blog earlier this month. "It is easy to lose track...
By Jonah Comstock April 3, 2013
The Fitbit Flex is a Bluetooth 4.0- enabled activity tracker. Bluetooth 4.0. or Bluetooth Smart, is emerging as the leading connectivity protocol for fitness devices, and the medical market is likely to follow soon, according to industry analysts in statements released by the Bluetooth SIG. Bluetooth SIG announced that since 2008 it has qualified 142 medical products and 56 fitness products. In...
By Brian Dolan June 13, 2011
Dayton Industrial's heart rate monitor The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) recently announced the finalization of two new developer specifications for connected vital sign monitoring devices looking to make use of the short range wireless technology. The specs called health thermometer profile and heart rate profile, are the first mobile health profiles to be part of the upcoming...
By Brian Dolan June 3, 2010
More than a year ago, Chuck Parker, The Continua Health Alliance’s executive director told a group of attendees at a healthcare industry event that Continua considered the television set-top box as one potential hub for wireless health devices. At the end of 2009, Bluetooth SIG executive director Mike Foley told MobiHealthNews that he had noticed an uptick in interest from television makers ...
By Brian Dolan February 12, 2010
Last December, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group released a new standard called Bluetooth Low Energy, which we noted at the time counts mobile health as one of its key use cases. Now, Broadcom, a $4.4 billion chipset company, has added to its portfolio a Bluetooth Low Energy chip, specifically for "very low power health and fitness sensors enabled by Bluetooth" to connect to consumers' mobile...
By Brian Dolan January 7, 2010
The International 2010 Consumer Electronics Show kicked off this week with a flurry of news, but come Saturday a portion of the CE industry's attention will be focused on connected health devices and services at the Digital Health Summit co-located at the event. Despite the event season's early start, however, wireless health companies have already begun making news in the New Year: Wellcore, a...
By Brian Dolan June 10, 2009
As we reported earlier this week, Continua Health Alliance selected the upcoming Bluetooth Low Energy technology for its second version of guidelines for medical device interoperability. Continua tapped Bluetooth LE for personal area network (PAN) devices, which include activity monitors and heart rate sensors and other mobile solutions that typically connect to a user's cell phone. Continua also...