Last night the Bluetooth Special Interest Group announced the winners of its inaugural Bluetooth Breakthrough Awards competition.
Asthmapolis, which combines Bluetooth-enabled inhaler sensors with a mobile application to help asthma sufferers, won in the Product category. The winner of the Application category was another health-related company: Swissmed Mobile, whose MedM Platform collects data via Bluetooth technology from a variety of medical devices.
Winner of the Prototype category - and overall winner, chosen from over 300 submissions - was the Tethercell battery adaptor, a product that enables almost any product using AA batteries to be controlled or monitored via Bluetooth.
Suke Jawanda, Chief Marketing Officer of the Bluetooth SIG, said “Innovations made possible by Bluetooth technology are exploding worldwide – every day we are seeing new companies, some in markets where wireless connectivity was previously impossible, developing innovative products using Bluetooth technology. The winners of the Bluetooth Breakthrough Awards are extraordinary in that they take an everyday product, like a battery or an inhaler, and make it smarter. A standard inhaler can now gather data and turn it into useful, possibly life-saving, information thanks to Asthmopolis. A tiny adaptor for a battery can give wireless control to any AA battery powered device courtesy of Tethercell. Bluetooth SIG member companies are turning the Bluetooth SIG vision of the connected world into reality by making everyday products more convenient, smarter, and ultimately better with Bluetooth.”