Last week the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) announced a new release of the Bluetooth standard that will provide enhanced security and also ease the pain/challenge of pairing devices.

The demonstrations showed that pairing took 2-3 steps rather than 20 which it can in existing Bluetooth devices.

This should hopefully improve the fact that despite Bluetooth being in pretty much every device (over 1 billion) only 30% of people actually use it.

Power consumption was also reduced by about five times using improved algorithms that put the chip to sleep when not in use.

Devices using Version 2.1 are expected to start shipping in the next couple of months.

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