The Future of Bluetooth: Embracing 4.1 and Building on IPv6


A report by tech wonderkid Chris Pirillo showcases the seamlessness of the recent Bluetooth technology. In the video, you see an image captured and sent with a single stroke to the phone of a receiving party. The technology picked up on nearby phones open for receiving content, as well as in-network users. This instantaneous interchange could spark a revolution in Bluetooth’s public embrace and use.

The Essence of Bluetooth

Computer Weekly reminds us that Bluetooth is a wireless radio technology. It is set on a universal industry standard which enables a large quantity of devices to function using the technology. It is designed to transmit data locally using personal area networks. The official Bluetooth website,, offers detailed information on the technology that only enhances its public pull.

Bluetooth has become widely popular due to its general low cost and accessibility in using both voice and data transmissions. reports that Bluetooth is universally used in laptops, smart phones, faxes, and tablets.

4.1: Just Another Version or the Next Big Leap Forward?

The beginning of a new iteration number could be quite meaningless or the next phase in the great evolution of an innovative technology. A Bluetooth headset through T-mobile has been one of the most popular uses of the technology through the Blackberry Z10 and iPhone 4. The 4.1 upgrade has added an overt feature reported as the three minute grace period. The retry duration for devices wandered off and lost in connection has been extended to three minutes, allowing users to carry on a conversation even if a device is technically lost, reports

This is certainly effective, but the Inquirer goes on to detail that the 4.1 iteration has fully embraced IPv6. This is the next big upgrade in public address space. Essentially, IPv4 is reaching its limit on general connectivity across the Internet space. IPv6 is upping the global system to 340 undeclillion possible addresses, documents PCWorld. Mathematically, we are limited to about 50 possible addresses per person. This new infrastructure is developing an expanded space of billions of addresses per person. This will run the limited global sphere issue entirely irrelevant. reports a few other additions in the 4.1 upgrade, including enhanced system coexistence, greater bulk transfer rates, and updated manufacturer control of Bluetooth connectivity which will allow connections to automate when close to each other.

Applications Harnessing the Potential of Bluetooth

There are multiple industries exploring enhanced Bluetooth initiations, especially after the embrace of IPv6. The medical industry is eyeing using Bluetooth in medicine dispensers and biometric data collecting, recalls TooStep.

On a slightly more trivial level, a mobile phone could connect to a soda machine to make a purchase or to a movie theater kiosk. The technology could mean that anyone can purchase items at the cash register without a standing attendant by going into their mobile phone and picking up on the Bluetooth transmission, documents the Center for Science and Imagination at Arizona State. The official Bluetooth website mentions that Bluetooth World event in San Jose is expected to introduce some wonderful new applications, including but not limited to the above, to enhance usability.

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