#26 BLUETOOTH MESH
Bluetooth’s come a long way since we ‘Bluejacked’ rude messages to people on trains and pompous businessmen used it to shout things into their Jawbone headsets. But it’s still very much a one-to-one deal: your phone to your Fitbit, your mouse to your laptop, your ipad to your headphones.
There’s power in numbers, though, and Bluetooth devices will soon be teaming up to do far more than you ever thought possible. It’s called Bluetooth Mesh and it works by connecting multiple gadgets together, like the way a Sonos system or Sky Q works but over Bluetooth rather than Wi-fi. That means the data speeds are significantly slower – a relatively snail-like 1Mbps – but the uses of this tech are somewhat different.
Imagine every appliance in your home is part of a Bluetooth Mesh network. As soon as you walk in the front door, the light in the hall detects the presence of