Weekly Bluetooth Industry Report (Jan 3, 2020)

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STMicroelectronics Unleashes Full Power of Bluetooth® Mesh to Enable Scalable Wireless Sensor Networks
With the release of Bluetooth® mesh software stacks for the BlueNRG family of Bluetooth Low Energy chips and modules, STMicroelectronics will demonstrate the many capabilities of Bluetooth mesh networks enabled by the new software during CES 2020, the Consumer Electronics Show, in Las Vegas (Jan 7-10). The demonstrations show how ST’s BlueNRG mesh software and proven Bluetooth Low Energy-enabled Wireless Sensor Platforms, together, enable to form pervasive and scalable networks of sensors and actuators that can support new use cases extending throughout smart buildings and smart factories.

ItsyBitsy nRF52840 Express Bluetooth LE board now available
Adafruit has announced the availability of its new Adafruit ItsyBitsy nRF52840 Express Bluetooth LE board, making it available to purchase priced at $17.95. Smaller than a Feather but larger than a Trinket, the small ItsyBitsy nRF52840 Express features a Nordic nRF52840 Bluetooth LE processor with a fast nRF52840 Cortex M4 processor running at 64 MHz and 1 MB of FLASH. Adafruit explains a little more.

Nordic Semiconductor unveils latest LTE-M/NB-IoT, Bluetooth 5.1, Bluetooth mesh, Thread, and Zigbee solutions for complex IoT applications at CES 2020
Wireless IoT specialist Nordic Semiconductor ASA today announces it will host a range of demonstrations highlighting the capabilities of its low power cellular IoT and low power, short range wireless products at CES 2020. The demonstrations will take place on the company’s booth (#44949 in Sands Exhibition Hall (Wearables)) at CES. The world’s leading consumer electronics exhibition, CES is organized by the U.S.-based Consumer Technology Association (CTA) and will be held in Las Vegas, NV, from January 7 to 10, 2020.

Advanced Medical Monitoring: High Performance, Low Power
This ring-based smart pulse oximeter provides continuous key health data such as blood oxygen and heart rate updates with great battery life. Nordic’s nRF52832 SoC makes it possible. In the growing market of smart healthcare, one Chinese company is ringing the changes. MegaHealth has launched a Smart Pulse Oximeter in the form of a ring. With Bluetooth Low Energy connectivity and MegaHealth’s Medical Pulse Oximeter, patients can access blood oxygen and heart rate updates day and night from an app.

How Three Technologies will Change the Retail Industry
The holidays are always a busy time of the year. For the retail industry the holidays are especially busy, as every week it seems that there is a new sale advertised and prices rapidly change. The rush is exciting for consumers but exhausting for store employees who have to constantly change price tags and signage. Luckily, paper tags are becoming a thing of the past and programmable electronic shelf labels (ESLs) and other digital signage are becoming more popular.

New Alliance to Bring Order to Smart Homes
Amazon, Apple, Google, and the Zigbee Alliance have announced a new working group to develop and promote the adoption of a new, royalty-free connectivity standard to increase compatibility among smart home products. The goal is to complete a draft specification by late 2020 that focuses on making smart homes ‘just work’, according to the group.

Here’s Exactly How Bluetooth Technology Works
There’s a good chance that you use Bluetooth every day…but have no idea how it actually works. Here’s what you need to know. We’ve all heard of Bluetooth. In fact, most of us use it, often without even realizing it. But what, exactly, is it? Ask 10 people on the street and you’ll likely get 10 different answers. That’s why we went straight to the source—the experts who work with Bluetooth every day and can help the novices among us to understand this technology once and for all.

CES 2020: Powercast Showcases Over-the-Air Wireless Power Products from Partners and its Own Product Team
Powercast Corporation will showcase an array of consumer products featuring its radio-frequency (RF)-based long-range over-the-air wireless power technology at CES 2020, booth #42161, Sands Expo. Among these include first production units of the company’s own Wireless Charging Grip for Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Controllers, which Powercast plans to release on Amazon in Spring 2020.  Partner products will include Sportcor’s embeddable smart electronics core, which powers sporting equipment such as the Kookaburra Smart Ball to deliver sports data analytics, and TAG by British Airways, in which Powercast preserves battery life so this digital tag can be reused for over 3000 flights.

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