Report: Bluetooth Smart to drive growth of health and fitness mobile sensing

By 2017, Bluetooth chipsets used for health, wellness, sports and fitness will reach 95.7 million shipments. Over the next five years, the adoption of mobile sensing health and fitness products will increase by 500 percent, with much of the growth attributed to Bluetooth Smart used in mobile sensing devices, according to a new report from global market research firm ON World. 

The migration to Bluetooth Smart for health and fitness is accelerating, says the report. Bluetooth Smart certified products have increased by 10 times over the past year. ON World's evaluation of 200 mobile sensing health and fitness products found that Bluetooth Smart will be used in 59 percent of the products launched in 2013.

The report highlights some of the most recent and planned Bluetooth Smart health and fitness products, including: heart rate monitors by BeetsBlu, Runtastic, Polar and Scosche; activity trackers and sports watches by BodyMedia, Fitbit, Fitbug, Garmin and Withings; and vital sign monitors by Nonin, iHealth Lab and iMPak Health. Announcement