Poll: Getting to grips with Bluetooth Smart appcessories?

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Building any interesting appcessories? Are you considering getting to grips with Bluetooth Smart wireless comms? If so, you may be interested in the results of a recent Bluetooth survey.

One finding, for example, is that 60% of people in the UK currently own a wireless connected accessory – such as wireless keyboard, or health and fitness monitors – with 72% expecting to own one by 2016.

Before we get to the full details, let’s take the Bluetooth temperature on Gadget Master with some questions of our own?

How many Bluetooth connected devices do you use?

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And while we’re at it, this provokes another question:

When you did you last make a Bluetooth connection?

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Getting back to the original topic, the research in question was carried out by the Bluetooth SIG (so it’s obviously positive about the protocol’s future development).

Bluetooth Smart ReadyOther findings:

  • Consumers predict that wearable technology devices, such as smart watches, smart eyewear and fitness monitors, will see the biggest growth in consumer demand of all wireless devices in the next year
  • Over half (53%) of Brits would like to be able to control appliances in their home directly from their smartphone in the future
  • 58% believe connected devices could make the things they do every day quicker and easier
  • 73% anticipate the amount of things they do and control wirelessly will increase in the next five years

For those looking to buy such a device, the most important factors are:

  • the device being simple to use (54%)
  • connecting easily and quickly with a smartphone or PC without repeatedly having to reconnect (44%)
  • delivering information that’s truly useful (38%)

“It’s clear that consumers are seeing the benefit that wireless accessories of all types can bring them, with over half (58%) stating that connected devices could make the things they do every day quicker and easier,” said Suke Jawanda, Bluetooth SIG CMO. “But they also want devices that work seamlessly with their smartphones and tablets, are easy to use and provide them with the data they want.”

* According to the Bluetooth SIG – consumer research results were taken from an online survey of over 2000 GB consumers in June 2014

See also:

What is… a GATT Service?

What is… BlueDroid?


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