Bluetooth Devices Will Link to the Internet Without Your Presence
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Bluetooth Devices Will Link to the Internet Without Your Presence

A lot of devices rely solely on Bluetooth for connectivity, but they always require another device to provide them with a link to the internet. That often means you need to be right there with it-but not for much longer, because the low-power standard is getting its own gateway to the internet.

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group has announced that future versions of its connection will " allow any Bluetooth sensor to relay data to the cloud and back again." In turn, it will provide "the ability to monitor and control fixed Bluetooth sensors from a remote location, like turning off your lights while on vacation or unlocking your front door for a pet sitter."

How will it work? It'll add a layer of connectivity to your home wifi network that allows other devices to communicate with Bluetooth hardware, without you needing to be there with a phone or tablet or whatever. The idea is that always-on devices in your home that also use wifi-such as routers, thermostats, or security systems-will be able communicate with Bluetooth devices in your home. You'll then be able to control the Bluetooth devices using these middle-men.

It's a simple idea, but one that could make Bluetooth way more useful about the home. A development kit's already been made available for manufacturers, though it will be a little while before you see the results in your home.

[ Bluetooth Special Interest Group via Engadget ]

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