Bluetooth has approved a next-gen spec that will allow future wireless devices to operate for years on just a tiny, button-sized battery.
According to Bluetooth SIG director Michael Foley, devices based on the new 4 spec are likely to consume nearly 90 percent less energy than current electronic items.
"[This] will enable a host of new uses for wireless products in everything from sports and fitness to healthcare and home entertainment," Foley explained in a blog post.
Some of the new devices envisioned by Foley include:
- Advanced fitness monitors - Capable of recording activity levels, heart rate, weight.
- Health sensors - Collect vital information such as pulse, temperature and blood glucose levels. Automatically sends the information to a mobile phone or PC, allowing doctors and other healthcare providers to monitor patients remotely.
- Watches - Designed to control wireless headsets, mobile phones and other portable devices.
The first Bluetooth low energy devices are slated to be released this Fall, with a virtual "flood" expected in 2011.