The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) is outlining some of its plans for the coming year and, among other things, it looks like next-gen Bluetooth hardware should support higher data transfer speeds and wireless connections across longer distances.
Mesh networking is also on the table, allowing Bluetooth devices to connect to a network by connecting to one another in order to create a network that can cover your entire home or other buildings.
According to the Bluetooth SIG, the goal is to offer speeds that are twice as fast and which offer up to 4 times the range of today’s Bluetooth devices without increasing power consumption. That means you’ll be able to transfer data more quickly without running down the battery on your mobile device… but we’re not just talking about mobile devices here.
The SIG says a big part of its push for 2016 involves smart home products, industrial automation, and other Internet-of-Things products.