28 Feb '14, 10pm

Manufactures actually want other companies to tap into their #wearables data? #IOT is taking off

Manufactures actually want other companies to tap into their #wearables data? #IOT is taking off

Last year a manufacturer asked me to add Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to a consumer device similar to a heart monitor. The manufacturer used a BLE profile similar to the Heart Rate Monitor Profile. When I first heard of this, I asked why they didn’t just use a serial communication profile with a custom protocol. Implementing the BLE stack seemed like needless work that would just result in it being easier for other companies’ products to use the data. Part of the reason for using the application-specific profile is its built-in state machine designed to save energy by avoiding needless radio transmissions. The main reason, though, is the OEM actually wants other companies’ equipment interacting with their products. BLE is becoming a standard feature on phones and tablets, and support for a BLE profile means any BLE-enable device will be able to see the product and get meanin...

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