The ability of apps and devices to determine the exact location of physical and virtual objects in space is a key component of magnified reality experiences, and the latest advances in Bluetooth technology can have a hand in facilitating such location services in the near future  Monday announced the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), the governing unit for all things Bluetooth, that Bluetooth 5.1, now available to developers, will provide improved site services to supported devices.
The new feature set allows apps to determine the directional mode of connected devices with accuracy to the centimeter. For comparison, the GPS sensor's smartphones normally achieve site accuracy within 4.9 meters according to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
"Location services are one of the fastest growing Bluetooth technology solutions and are expected to reach over 400 million products annually before 2022," said Mark Powell, head of Bluetooth SIG, in a statement. "This is good traction and the Bluetooth community continues to look for ways to further grow this market with technical improvements that better meet the needs of the market, demonstrating community engagement to drive innovation and enrich the technical experience of users worldwide."
With precise location and direction information, Bluetooth 5.1 can allow developers to integrate connected devices into magnified real-world experiences such as indoor navigation and object tracking.
To date, AR has indoor navigation solutions, such as those presented by Blippar and Google, have cited visual identification of landmarks and waypoints to maintain position accuracy. In these scenarios, Bluetooth devices can serve as replacements for visual markers.
Increased Reality Platforms for Business Enterprises, such as Upskill and Ubimax, also offer asset management and logistics use cases where increased reality calls for guides to products stored in warehouses or shelves with components. Bluetooth 5.1 can also allow software vendors to replace bar code reading with Bluetooth detection.
On the consumer side, the Bluetooth object tracker Pixie already offers an enlarged reality experience that guides the users to the public place of keys, wallets and other simple to place items. Bluetooth 5.1 can give the company a more precise location for its tracked assets.
"Since the introduction of Bluetooth Low Energy 2010, developers have been able to utilize Bluetooth to create powerful solutions for low-resolution solutions cost for a variety of applications spanning consumer, retail, healthcare, public premises and manufacturing environments, says Andrew Zignani, senior analyst at ABI Research. "The new feature feature can help Bluetooth better manage the varying and evolving needs of the location industry, which Enables more flexible, scalable and future security uses that further accelerate the adoption of Bluetooth for location services on existing markets while unlocking additional business opportunities for new applications and user cases. "
Perhaps the most exciting option for Bluetooth 5.1 is in enhanced reality to come through the AR cloud platforms such as the Niantic Real World Platform, 6D.ai and Ubiquity6. Accuracy is crucial in the AR cloud paradigm to orientate multiplayer experiences and anchor retention. content, and Bluetooth can solve the site variable for these growing platforms. "" Bluetooth accuracy will be a useful piece of puzzle for AR systems in determining your location, "said Matt Miesnieks, CEO and co-founder of 6D.ai in a statement to Next Reality. "It does not solve all problems, due to limited range and only the provision of relative space coordinates (ie, not latitude and longitude, with no precise and customized setup on base station installation). But AR trackers and AR Cloud systems should be able to add these signals into their algorithms and reduce some of the process forces needed to enable accurate split and sustained AR experience. "
Although it is too early to determine the exact implementations that Bluetooth 5.1 can make in the near-term real-life experience, the promise of precision placement services will be too good for some developers to do. It is an industry-worthy area. to keep an eye on.