It’s not news that in recent years a lot of buzz has been generated around Bluetooth technology and its importance to emerging markets such as Mobile payments, IOT (Internet of things), medical tech and many more.

So how and when did Bluetooth become an intrinsic part of our day-to-day lives ?

The early days: Bluetooth v1

  • Invented by engineers at Ericsson, Bluetooth was originally conceived as an alternate method of communication between devices within a personal area network (PAN) which would have otherwise been connected via other wired means.
  • Bluetooth was designed with a few use cases, but it was quickly widely adopted due to the lack of affordable alternatives.
  • Low data rate, a painful pairing process, power hungry radios – these were all characteristics Bluetooth v1.0 was known for.
  • v1.1 and v1.2 fixed the early issues that were associated with bluetooth, and the notably enhanced voice processing was introduced. This made things like quality Bluetooth headsets possible.

The middle age: Bluetooth v2, v3

  • Bluetooth became widely available. Higher data rates, lower power consumption, and enhanced security made bluetooth hands free devices possible.
  • Over 2 billion devices with bluetooth had been shipped prior to this time.

The new age: Bluetooth v4

  • Competition such as Wi-Fi were far ahead in terms of data rate, and in terms of power consumption ZigBee was gaining momentum very quickly. This amongst other factors were the driving force behind the introduction of Bluetooth v4.0
  • Bluetooth v4.0 included Classic Bluetooth, Bluetooth high speed (Based on Wi-Fi), and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE, Bluetooth Smart)
  • The updates to v4 (4.0, 4.1, 4.2) has driven the market of connected devices to heights of innovation like never before.

Today, Bluetooth technology is helping mobile devices function as sensors, and allowing people to better interact with their physical environments – enabling a seamless merging of the digital world with the physical. At Lucova, our efforts are focused on leveraging these innovative capabilities of Bluetooth to enhance the brick and mortar experience.