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The Sunshine Aquarium had a problem. Not only was it a 35-year old attraction in a city full of new and interesting things to see and do; it was also a kilometre away from the nearest station and difficult to find.
Rather than increasing their marketing and putting up better signage the team at the aquarium thought a little bit differently – combining GPS and augmented reality to create a fun and useful navigation app. Motion capture technology was used to create life-like penguins that helped navigate smartphone users through the Tokyo streets to the door of the aquarium.
At CSR we’re always looking for innovative uses of technology and this really stood out. Using GPS at its heart but combining it with augmented reality in a way that is useful, fun and appeals to its customers makes this app truly ingenious. Be sure to check out the video below to see the app in action.
Don’t panic! We haven’t packed our day jobs in for a life of stand-up comedy just yet!
Instead we were able to use CSR’s Bluetooth Smart platforms to help the comedian Juliette Burton with her debut solo comedy show at the Edinburgh Fringe 2013. Here at CSR we’re always keen to see new and innovative use cases for Bluetooth Smart Technology, from our Ultra-Thin Keyboard technology demonstrator to the latest Bluetooth Smart health monitoring products from Qardio, and working with Juliette has given us the opportunity to take Bluetooth Smart to the stage.
The content (and successful performance) of Juliette’s one woman show depended on the precise timing of multimedia cues throughout. Having encountered range, performance and battery life issues with existing off-the-shelf presenter remotes, Juliette needed a dependable cueing solution that would deliver the performance and range necessary to allow her to move around the stage freely without the risk of connection loss or late cues.
CSR provided Juliette with our Bluetooth Smart enabled presenter for use in her show, giving her peace of mind and confidence that her all-important cues would be delivered on time no matter where she was on stage. Taking advantage of the reliability and low power consumption inherent in the CSR µEnergy® product lineup, the CSR Presenter comprises a CSR1011 with a small form factor, eight-element keyscan matrix. The software is derived from the Bluetooth Smart keyboard application in CSR µEnergy SDK, and the button functions were customized to meet Juliette’s specific needs.
If you’re interested in developing Bluetooth Smart Remote Controls check out the CSR µEnergy Remote Control Development Kit which provides a full system solution based upon CSR1011 with advanced features such as gesture recognition, voice control and low power consumption.
Android 4.3 Jelly Bean introduced a standardised API for Bluetooth® Smart (previously known as Bluetooth Low Energy) application developers. CSR is committed to supporting developers in creating engaging Bluetooth Smart products, and part of that product development includes the creation of applications for smartphones and tablets.
What have we created for developers?
CSR has built a framework application for Bluetooth Smart on Android (application skeleton code). The framework application demonstrates how to connect to and communicate with a Bluetooth Smart accessory using the Android 4.3 GATT API.
Using this framework we have created an application supporting the Heart Rate profile. This profile uses a SIG defined GATT database to communicate with chest worn heart rate monitors.
We have written a guide that shows how to build the heart rate application from the CSR framework. All of the source code and the final application can be downloaded from CSR support:
What can you do with this code?
The Android API for Bluetooth Smart has some known issues. In our example code we have done what we can to give you a head start in dealing with these.
As a registered CSR developer you can take this code as and use it in any way you choose to create your own application. We have concentrated on the Bluetooth Smart functionality using very basic graphics and expect that you will want to create your own user experience.
Android has a huge share of the global market for smart devices (nearly 80%, according to IDC’s latest figures) and we look forward to seeing the results of your development. Stay tuned as we release more example applications and profiles in the coming months.
We launched our Quatro® 5300 processors for printers, scanners and all-in-ones last year, with the aim of helping OEMs create smaller, cost effective controllers an extensive range of low-end to mid-range products and that could be brought to market quickly. We were able to create a processor that set the industry benchmark and had the highest level of integrated functionality.
In order to adapt to the market and advancing technology we have continued to innovate. We are therefore pleased to introduce the enhanced performance version of the Quatro 5300 series. The enhanced Quatro 5300 series now incorporates an ARM 11 CPU core with up to 600 MHz processing speed and two Quatro Imaging DSP’s with up to 480 MHz processing speed. This enhanced performance allows the Quatro family to better bridge the gap between its low end Quatro 53xx series and higher end Quatro 45xx series.
Enhanced Quatro 5300 features:
- ARM11 processor speed increase from 525 MHz to 600 MHz
- Quatro DSP speed increase from 420 MHz to 480 MHz
- Colour Copy processing speed increased from 25 ppm to 30 ppm
- Mono Copy processing speed increased from 50 ppm to 60 ppm
CSR has recognised that developers are constantly looking for more processing power and we believe that our enhanced Quatro 5300 will meet their needs.
Here at CSR we believe that innovation and integration are essential ingredients for any market leader and are we are confident that the new Quatro 5300 will help us to continue to lead the way.
Imagine a paper-thin wireless keyboard that can be bundled with your tablet to free-up valuable screen space without adding any bulk or weight. Imagine a wireless touch-surface that can slipped into your notebook and used to capture notes sending them straight to your tablet. Sound too good to be true? It isn’t.
At CSR we’re massively excited about the revolutionary potential of Bluetooth® Smart for computing interfaces. In fact, we are so excited we’ve developed the world’s thinnest wireless computing interface to demonstrate the innovation made possible by Bluetooth Smart in this category.
The flexible device, which is less than 0.5 mm thick, turns any area into a touch surface. Combining CSR’s low-power wireless technology with the latest in printable, flexible electronics from Conductive Inkjet Technology and touch screen sensing from Atmel the device can be used to extend the touch interface of tablets and smartphones.
It is light weight and flexible and can be integrated into a protective cover or used to create large touch zones on a desktop. With minimal weight and bulk, a full keyboard experience can be added to a tablet without taking up valuable screen area. Thin enough to slip behind the pages of a notebook, it can be used to pick up handwriting and sketches from the nib of a modified pen.
Consumers want innovative, portable wireless accessories that just work with their mobile devices. The ultra-thin touch surface we’ve developed is a perfect example of how Bluetooth Smart can give them just that. We’re committed to working collaboratively with developers using the CSR µEnergy platform to help them bring similar next generation accessories to market quickly.
We have created a video to explain more about how CSR and why CSR created the ultra thin touch surface.
For the past few years OEMs have been exploring what the possibilities are for integrating wireless devices into the car to make it a truly connected vehicle. Many mainstream offerings already exist that make use of classic Bluetooth® profiles. These include HFP for hands-free calling, A2DP for streaming wireless audio and MAP for sharing of messages between phones and infotainment systems. Over the next few years we will begin to see more OEMs make use of Wi-Fi® to support faster connections and downloads to the infotainment system, as well as adoption of Bluetooth Smart based around solutions such as the CSR1010™ auto. This will lead to infotainment systems that go beyond traditional hands-free phone and contact sync use cases to also include exciting new applications, such as keyless entry – this is where individual driver settings and vehicle information can be stored and shared from the key fob over Bluetooth Smart. With Bluetooth Smart the infotainment system may also receive biological measurements from the driver using available healthcare and sport fitness profiles from low power sensors worn by the driver, allowing the infotainment system to assess current health and stress levels.
But jump forward a decade, and the applications we use in the car will have increased dramatically. The connected car of 2025 will certainly be filled to the brim with technology that we are only just dipping our toes into today and in my view, it will be the infotainment system that bears the load.
This is because all trends point towards drivers having either more time behind the wheel due to self-driving cars or, more likely, more reasons to be distracted due to a slew of extra features within the car. In both scenarios, cars will nevertheless require technology that will allow for short lapses of attention from the driver. Sensors will inform the car about the surrounding conditions as well as the state of the driver, enabling the car to act independently of the driver if necessary via automatic braking, acceleration, steering etc. These advanced features will allow the driver to interact with more feature-laden infotainment systems and offset today’s hazard implications of having your eyes off the road for extended periods of time.
So how will infotainment systems evolve to meet these needs? Change will come in the form of the Bluetooth Smart low energy communications as discussed above and increasingly high speed wireless links to a cloud component which will lend a lot more processing power to infotainment systems. The cloud will tie all of the software and hardware features of the car of 2025 together. Each infotainment system will contain a heavy cloud content aspect, meaning there will need to be very good coverage for high bandwidth connections from vehicles to the internet.
For example, current voice recognition in infotainment systems is pretty poor due to variable noise inside and outside the car and the issues associated with interpreting different dialects and accents, which with present technologies is difficult to offset. These problems will be better handled in the future because more powerful processors in the car will be supported by higher speed wireless links to a cloud component which will lend a lot more processing power and learning to drastically improve automatic speech recognition.
Not every system and tool will be held in the cloud. On a luxury brand vehicle, customers are more willing to pay for embedded electronics and that justifies their higher price. Therefore systems and tools will vary accordingly. It will not be a one-size-fits-all decision as different OEMs will take different paths. Architectures will be modified according to the price-point of a vehicle. For example, on low and mid-range cars, there will be more infotainment systems that rely more heavily on bringing smartphones and tablets in the car for both content and connectivity.
Some elements though will be universally held in the cloud such as highly volatile and time dependent information such as traffic and weather. Safety functionality, display and sound rendering, in-car sensors and other functions that are very much dependent on latency speeds and use of raw uncompressed data will be processed locally in the car, whereas most non-safety related functionality will be accessible via a mobile device or wireless modem.
CSR is already pushing the limits of in-car connectivity and location positioning with our precise Quad-GNSS positioning solutions, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi standalone and combo solutions supported by our RoadTunes™ and CSR Synergy® connectivity software solutions along with our SiRFprima®,and SiRFatlas® platform offerings. With the addition of cloud-based processing power in the near future, infotainment systems will evolve from being a connectivity hub to the central component of your driving experience.
Bluetooth and more recently Bluetooth Smart has enabled developers to create exciting new consumer products. With Android 4.3 and Blackberry 10 recently announcing native support for Bluetooth Smart the Bluetooth Smart ecosystem is now in place for developers to take full advantage of.
Given this news I’m expecting to see some exciting entries at this year’s Bluetooth Breakthrough Awards which celebrate the most innovative Bluetooth-powered products and applications. CSR is proud to be supporting the awards as a gold sponsor and I’d encourage developers to enter the awards as they will provide a great showcase for your work. I look forward to meeting the finalists at CES 2014 in January.
Alongside the awards the Bluetooth SIG is arranging Bluetooth developer training and ‘getting started sessions’ in multiple regions. My team will be present at these events providing hands on training and advice on how to develop Bluetooth Smart accessories. CSR offers a complete Bluetooth Smart developer toolkit with no additional fees for compilers and debuggers. With detailed example applications and a solution that is optimised for Bluetooth Smart performance we aim to get your innovations to market quickly.
We will be present to meet you, provide training and support at the following Bluetooth SIG developer training events which you can register for now:
- 28 August 2013: Shenzhen, China
- 4 September 2013: Taipei, Taiwan
- 3 October 2013: San Jose, CA, USA
If you haven’t tried the CSR Bluetooth Smart products it would be great to speak to you about how we can help. We look forward to meeting you there but if you have any questions about our solutions in the meantime please leave a comment below and we’ll get back to you.
The CSR µEnergy® line-up of hardware and software products gives developers a complete environment to rapidly create new Bluetooth® Smart devices with a low initial investment.
CSR is dedicated to doing more for developers to make it easier for them to produce innovative specialist consumer devices and accessories. To this end, our Bluetooth Smart team is proud to deliver the CSR µEnergy SDK for software developers.
The CSR µEnergy Remote Control Development Kit (RCDK) which includes this SDK, a new graphical development tool and an application specific hardware development board is now available. The kit enables the rapid development of complete next generation remote controls with support for advanced features such as gesture and voice control.
Graphical development tool features
- Keypads and key maps can be selected using a new GUI with the corresponding application code to configure the on-chip peripherals generated automatically. This process ensures that the developer’s specification is met and the optimised hardware features of the silicon are fully utilised to achieve lowest possible power consumption
- The tools generate a complete source code project for the remote control which can be further customised to add any application specific features and innovations. These code projects fully integrate into the included µEnergy SDK, delivering a comprehensive environment for the developer
- The GUI also supports the integration of a range of external components such as accelerometers for gesture control, touch pads for pointing and codecs for the capture of voice commands
- Host communication is achieved using the Bluetooth SIG qualified HID over GATT profile (HOGP) running on the CSR µEnergy silicon. For communication with legacy devices in the home the RCDK includes the option of IR communications which can be added using the GUI
Integration into central devices
- The RCDK also helps developers to integrate their designs with TV and Set-Top Box platforms. The CSR CSR8510™ silicon can be easily and rapidly added to provide host communications. This solution maximises power saving in the host by only waking the rest of the system when a valid command is received from the remote control
- The graphical tool generates HID descriptors which enable the host controller to interpret the commands from the Bluetooth Smart remote using its integrated HOGP stack, communicating them to the host application as USB HID commands, which often require minimal changes to the existing design
- Example code for the Linux operating system is included in the RCDK
- The RCDK includes a hardware development board featuring a keypad, voice codec, IR LEDs and MEMS sensors. Pin headers are provided to enable users to wire in their own sensors or keypads for rapid development. Combined with the graphical tool, developers can select their favoured options and then measure CSR’s market leading current consumption
The RCDK is available for $500 and can be ordered from http://www.csr.com/products/csr-energy-product-family.
CSR’s tools provide the fastest method to enable next generation remote controls and CSR leads the market in highly optimised hardware solutions. Developers can benefit from this winning combination to make their next device a market winner.
We’d love to speak to you about how CSR can help with your remote controls project. Please leave us a comment below and we’ll get back to you directly.
CSR visits the NASDAQ MarketSite in Times Square, today, Tuesday the 30th of July 2013.
In honour of the occasion, Jeff Torrance, VP IR, Anthony Murray, SVP Business Group and Andy Skelton, Deputy CFO, will ring the NASDAQ Closing Bell at 4.00pm (Eastern Time).
This is the third time that CSR, listed on NASDAQ as “CSRE”, has rung that bell. But the first time that CSR’s eye-catching new logo appears on broadcast TV.
You can watch the live ceremony on streaming video by clicking this link.
To read about CSR’s Q2 and half-year results, click this link.
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