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Bluetooth Smart and the Internet of Things (IoT)

The internet of things (IoT) refers to the connection of nearly all electronic or electrical devices to the internet and to each other. These “things” include TVs, PCs, smartphones, tablets, refrigerators, security systems, lighting, and just about anything that has an ON/OFF switch. It’s estimated that by 2020, there will be anywhere from 25 to 100 billion (that’s with a “b”) devices connected to the IoT.

First talked about more than 15 years ago, the Internet of Things (IoT) promised a world where your wearable health monitor communicates with your smart watch or computer and shares that information with your doctor. Sensors everywhere, and on you, turn on your lights, lock your doors, watch your kids, sets the perfect temperature at home and generally takes over your everyday tasks. Continue reading Bluetooth Smart and the Internet of Things (IoT)

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Bluetooth Compatibility and Troubleshooting

You will probably never have difficulty pairing your Bluetooth devices, however, even though all Bluetooth devices are supposed to be compliant, there may occasionally be issues that could affect the pairing process.

Each iteration of the Bluetooth standards makes pairing easier, and non-compliance less of an issue. Almost every product manufacturer lists device compatibility on their website, just perform a Google search. 

Meanwhile, here are some common issues and possible remedies, it is by no means complete, you should check with the manufacturer if your devices still does not work. Continue reading Bluetooth Compatibility and Troubleshooting

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Bluetooth Versions

Since the release of version 1.0 in 1999, a number of Bluetooth versions have being developed to meet the particular requirements, adding and changing specifications to provide more security, greater speed, and compatibility.

What is important to know is that each updated version of Bluetooth was backward compatible with all previous versions. This means whichever newer version you are using then it is compatible with the older version as well. The first Bluetooth compatible device appeared in 2000, and any device that only supports version 1.x is very old, very slow, and should not be purchased. Continue reading Bluetooth Versions

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What is Bluetooth?

Developed in 1994, Bluetooth® is a wireless communications technology that is simple and secure, and is found in billions of devices ranging from mobile phones and computers to medical devices and home entertainment products. Bluetooth devices have tiny low power, low cost chips with built-in antennas that communicate with other Bluetooth devices, allowing connections without cables. Continue reading What is Bluetooth?

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Finding your way through (the) Amazon

Remember when amazon.com billed itself as Earth’s biggest bookstore? Yeah, that was a while ago. Amazon is now Earth’s biggest retailer of nearly everything. Now go out and try choosing from the millions of products and categories of products. If you’re browsing without a clear idea of exactly what you’re looking for, then it could be along time before we see again. Like I said, they have just about everything.

So here’s my solution (to be honest, I’m not the first, and definitely won’t be the last to do this): manually search for the best products you could find in a given category – we are focusing on Bluetooth technology, which I’ll talk more about it in another post – and present it to consumers in an easy to navigate format.

We discover the best products by manually searching for them on Amazon, checking Amazon customer reviews and other trusted independent reviews from reputable online sources. No product will be perfect, but it may just be exactly what you’re looking for.

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