Bluetooth Expands Sports and Fitness Monitoring

KIRKLAND, WA /BUSINESS WIRE/ -- The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) announced the creation of the Sports and Fitness Working Group and is now accepting members. This group will work together to enhance interoperability among Bluetooth-enabled sports and fitness sensor products, 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, gives any device, from a static data-collecting sensor to a laptop or tablet, the ability 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, receive alerts from your phone, and even stream music through Bluetooth-enabled ear buds. Fitness giant, Nike, recently introduced its Nike+ FuelBand, a wristband that uses Bluetooth technology to automatically sync 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 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 7 million sports watches, and over 2 million speed and distance monitors.

Registration for the Sports and Fitness Working Group and Sports and Fitness Bluetooth Ecosystem Team (BET) are open to Bluetooth SIG Associate and Promoter members. Members are encouraged to join either or both of the groups. Those interested in distilling and prioritizing key scenarios and identifying ways to make products better with Bluetooth technology should join the BET. Members interested in working directly on the specification itself should join the Working Group.

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