Bluetooth technology has come a long way. Beginning as a wireless connection for keyboards and headphones, Bluetooth has now infiltrated the fitness world. Thanks to new plans worked out by the Bluetooth Special Internet Group (SIG), new Bluetooth certifications allow for easier links between tech and training.
The idea behind the new certifications is integration. Basically, Bluetooth standards make it easier for companies to create sensors that measure how fast you run, the rhythm of your stride, the total distance you cover, and other variables. And don’t worry: if you prefer biking to running, Bluetooth sensors will measure your pedaling motion and cycling speed. That’s right, Bluetooth sensors will track your personal performance, collecting and organizing data to determine the best ways to improve your physical output.
The new Bluetooth certifications improve the accuracy standards specifically designed for tracking fitness performance, and they are able to automatically integrate with other Bluetooth systems instead of using annoying specialized plug-ins.
Fitness technology is booming right now with companies creating apps, cams, and clip-ons designed to enhance and record your workout (Check out 5 Health and Fitness Apps Worth Downloading.) The Bluetooth Group is now hopping on the bandwagon, but, hey, better late than never!
Since the new standards were released only a few weeks ago, it will take time before the new tech hits the market. Meantime, sit back and imagine the upgrades Nike will come up with using the new Bluetooth. Fuelband may be due for a second generation!