Webinar: Getting Started with Bluetooth® Smart

CSR Bluetooth Smart Starter Development Kit

CSR Bluetooth Smart Starter Development Kit

Are you a developer with a great idea for an innovative Bluetooth® Smart product? Whether you are looking to develop a next generation wearable gadget or a novel twist on a low energy keyboard or remote, CSR is here to help guide you through the process.

If you would like to find out the basics of developing with the widely supported and flexible spec for low energy wireless connectivity we’d like you to attend CSR’s next webinar, ‘Getting Started With Bluetooth Smart’ on Thursday 23rd January 2014.

Our experts Simon Finch and Ethan Lin will talk you through how to create innovative applications using CSR’s new low-cost Bluetooth Smart Starter Development Kit – available now from Broadband, Digikey and local authorised CSR distributors for just $99.

Register by following the hyperlinks below to secure your place now for one of our two webinars.

The webinars will cover all of the questions a developer would need to ask to get started with CSR’s Bluetooth Smart Starter Development Kit. As a taster, you can find Simon Finch explaining how to install the development kit and talking through a heart rate profile demo below. You can also find further developer support via the newly launched CSR developer forum and wiki.

If you’re unable to join the webinar please get in touch with bluetoothsmart@csr.com with any questions.

 

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Looking to develop a Bluetooth Smart wearable device quickly? CSR has the solution for you

From activity trackers and heart-rate monitors to smart watches and smart glasses – the wearable tech market is set to explode. IHS predicts that unit shipments of wearable technology will reach 210 million by 2018, driving $30 billion in revenue. This represents a huge opportunity for developers, particularly if they can get a product to market quickly and beat the competition.

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CSR is committed to helping developers do just that, which is why we’ve just announced the release of the CSR1012™, a new Bluetooth® Smart platform designed for developing low-power wearable accessories. The latest addition to the proven CSR µEnergy® range, the solution provides a smaller form factor package making it ideal for wearable devices, but critically it still uses standard PCB technology, allowing developers to get a high-volume product to market quickly and cost effectively. It is also the first to support direct connection to a rechargeable lithium-ion battery without the need for an external regulator, ensuring the long battery life that’s critical for wearable accessories.

The CSR1012 is now available in volume from CSR global representatives and distributors. For those looking to reduce time to market further CSR has developed a range of CSR1012 reference designs with full manufacturing information. (These are downloadable from CSR’s support site, login required).

I for one am looking forward to seeing the next generation of wearable devices hit the market. If you’re looking to develop a wearable device and have any questions please get in touch – the CSR Bluetooth Smart team and I would be happy to help.

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Research shows rapid growth of infotainment connectivity market

The automotive industry has developed rapidly in the past decade; a car is no longer just a mode of transport. We want to see the same technology installed in our vehicles as we have on our phones and laptops – staying connected everywhere, and all of the time, is now expected. This trend is visible through the dramatic changes in automotive dashboards over the years. Ten years ago most vehicles had little or no connectivity, however today’s cars come with in-built connectivity technologies including Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth®.

Newly released research from IHS shows that there has been a big change in semiconductor usage. In 2002 the average car contained about $200 worth of semiconductors, whereas in 2012 this had risen to $330. This is a 65 percent rise and proves that infotainment technology is now a big selling point for motor vehicles. The automotive infotainment industry is growing rapidly, IHS believes that in developed regions, every car manufacturer will offer some connected services in their model line-up by 2015.

Another recent study by IEEE has forecast that by 2025, 60 percent of the cars on the road will be connected to the internet. That forecast shows how far in-car connectivity has come. A big reason for this is that connectivity is no longer solely used for leisure purposes. It is contributing to aspects such as vehicle safety by reducing human error while driving, allowing drivers to travel faster and safer. Connectivity may also be the future of driving with the IEEE research predicting that 75 percent of cars will be self-driven/autonomous by year 2040.

I mentioned in a previous blog what we can expect from In-vehicle infotainment in the near future. Over the next few years we will 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. These studies suggest that the market is adhering to these trends. Infotainment systems are indeed evolving at a rapid rate and it is becoming apparent that they are now being considered a core feature, rather than a luxury.

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An introduction to Antennas and Propagation: Part Two

In this, the second installment of his 6-part series of technical articles about radio transmission, CSR’s RF consultant Les Smith expertly covers the A-to-Z of how radio waves get from A to B…

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aptX Low Latency and Mad Catz get rid of that syncing feeling

Mobile games are getting better and better with each passing week. The visuals from the latest games look great, the gameplay top-notch and most importantly to us, the sound effects and audio tracks impress us too! For gamers to fully appreciate the audio experience in their mobile games they’ll want headphones that truly immerse them in the experience.

This is why we’re also really excited about the new wireless F.R.E.Q.M Wireless Headset from Mad Catz that use aptX® Low Latency for high quality Bluetooth® Stereo Audio delivery.

Mad Catz know gamers. The company prides itself on making headphones which provide such an immersive sound experience that gamers feel like they’re in the thick of the action. They also realise that more and more gaming is happening on mobile devices and that even at home gamers don’t want to tethered by wires – they also shouldn’t have to compromise on sound quality just because they want the freedom of wireless.

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Mad Catz and aptX Low Latency offer a truly immersive audio experience

That’s why Mad Catz has specifically chosen CSR’s aptX Low Latency audio codec for its F.R.E.Q.M Wireless Headset. The audio codec enables consumers to watch videos and play games while enjoying CD-like quality wireless audio on mobile devices with no lip or action-synchronisation issues. The inherent latency of standard Bluetooth of more than 150 ms is not ideal for video or gaming applications, but aptX Low Latency circumnavigates this issue by delivering a total end-to-end latency of just under 40 ms. There is no significant time lapse between the sound and video experienced by the viewer, so users will, for example, hear gunshots as they leave the barrel rather than a split-second later.

And the codec retains all the other great features of aptX, so the audio content transmitted over the wireless Bluetooth® link is crystal clear – meaning gamers using Mad Catz headphones can lose the wires without losing any audio impact. The high-quality sound experience also means the headsets can be used for much more than gaming, working equally well for consumers looking to listen to their favourite music, or watch films or videos.

In order to fit within the Bluetooth ‘pipe’ and transmit wirelessly, audio needs to use a bit rate reduction technique. aptX audio technology uses a non-destructive solution to ensure the audio is transmitted over Bluetooth’s available bandwidth. It replicates the entire frequency of the audio, maintaining CD-quality audio over the Bluetooth connection and ensuring that users can hear every sound as it was originally intended.

aptX is fast becoming the industry standard for high-quality wireless audio. The ecosystem is going from strength to strength with over 150 manufacturers, including Samsung, Sennheiser and Philips, now using aptX in a range of devices including smartphones, tablets, wireless headphones and portable speakers. We’re talking to some exciting brands so keep your eyes peeled in the coming months for more news of both source device and accessory manufacturers choosing aptX and aptX Low Latency.

And happy gaming!

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Which technology will be the most dominant in the connected car of the future?

The connected car of the future is a topic that is increasingly attracting a lot of debate. Thomas Carmody, Head of Automotive Connectivity Marketing, gives his view of which technologies will come to dominate the in-vehicle market.

You can visit CSR at Telematics Munich at booths P16 and P17.

 

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Telematics Munich demo preview from Thomas Carmody

Thomas Carmody, Head of Automotive Connectivity Marketing, gives a low down of what CSR will have on display ahead of this year’s Telematics Munich event. You can visit CSR in the Expo Arena at booths P16 and P17.

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An introduction to Antennas and Propagation: Part One

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The emperor of all navigation apps: how GPS penguins have saved a Tokyo aquarium

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.

 

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Bluetooth Smart takes to the stage at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Don’t panic! We haven’t packed our day jobs in for a life of stand-up comedy just yet!

Juliette Burton used a CSR1011 Bluetooth Smart enabled presenter to ensure her show ran smoothly

Juliette Burton used a CSR1011 Bluetooth Smart enabled presenter to ensure her show ran smoothly

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.

Bluetooth smart remote control development kit

Bluetooth Smart remote control development kit

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.

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