We previously shared the news about Bluetooth Mesh, a new standard for Bluetooth low-energy (LE) connectivity that supports mesh networking and allows all compatible devices within range to speak to each other simultaneously. While that’s very exciting – particularly for the device manufacturers, Bluetooth connoisseurs and connectivity experts who are witnessing a significant paradigm shift happen before their eyes – what exactly does this all mean practically? What is Bluetooth Mesh going to look like in a user’s normal day-to-day routine?
Let’s look at the home. Smart homes are undoubtedly considered the next big thing in connectivity, and the Bluetooth and Internet of Things devices that this protocol will power are driving the innovations that make smart homes possible.
But, when users think of the smart home, what normally comes to mind? Maybe it’s connecting the Spotify app on a smartphone to a speaker in the living room, checking in via tablet on that Nest camera installed in the baby’s room or connecting a laptop to wirelessly display on the TV. In other words, all point-A-to-point-B applications.
With Bluetooth Mesh, the smart home bursts with new possibilities. About to cook dinner? With a single tap on their phone, users could set the pre-heat temperature on their oven, trigger a tablet in the kitchen to turn on with recipes queued up and hit play on their Bluetooth speaker’s cooking playlist, ensuring that all of the dinner prep is ready to go the second they walk through the door.
How about in the workplace? When someone is the first to arrive in the office, that can mean ticking off a lot of boxes on the morning checklist: unlocking the front door, turning on all the lights, setting the thermostat to a comfortable temperature, running the dishwashers, getting conference room TVs ready to go, and on and on.
Bluetooth Mesh, instead, can reduce that checklist and all that running around down to a single device that connects to and controls all of these office functions simultaneously, easily and efficiently. And, owing to its robust architecture, it can scale up to meet the needs of factories, industrial environments and even cities, connecting millions of nodes without a single point of failure.
What about when users are driving between work to home? Automobile sensors and smart, connected cars can help alert drivers to serious mechanical failures well ahead of time. Cars already tell us when the gas is running low or engine trouble is flaring up, but IoT sensors can provide even more information. For instance, TPMS sensors – which now utilize Dialog’s SmartBond™ DA14585 BLE chips –monitor tire pressure and temperature, and raise red flags when tires have been insufficiently inflated. Bluetooth-powered keyfobs enable keyless entry into vehicles. And, smartphones allow drivers to remotely pre-heat their cars on cool winter mornings.
This is all just the tip of the iceberg. With Bluetooth low-energy-enabled SoCs pushing the envelope in functionality and power savings, device manufacturers are able to bring more of our day-to-day devices into the IoT and allow them to communicate like never before. Bluetooth Mesh is casting the net that will tie all these chip-embedded devices together, in the home, at work and on the road. The future of connectivity is looking brighter than ever.
Taking advantage of that future means adopting the latest Bluetooth low-energy consumer devices to simplify your personal and professional life with more streamlined and effective connectivity. Stay tuned for more on how Dialog is helping to lead the way on Bluetooth innovations.