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Imagine Blue Finalists 2017

We are excited to announce the finalists for the 2017 Imagine Blue Awards. Selected by a panel of Bluetooth SIG judges, the Imagine Blue Awards recognize submissions that present innovative Bluetooth® enabled devices that have the potential to change how we live, work, and play. The chosen finalists, five selected for both the Prototype and Student category, represent next generation products and solutions that give us a glimpse into how consumers will interact with technology in the future. 

Learn more about all 10 finalists below and be sure to stop by the Bluetooth SIG booth (Booth 17) at Bluetooth World 2017 to see the five Prototype finalists in action. 

Prototype finalists

Beeem – Enables Bluetooth beacons to broadcast cloud-connected, fully functioning webpages for users to access more information and purchasing capabilities for any object, place, or event. This technology gives businesses the ability to boost customer engagement without apps, QR codes, or texting.

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Novalia – Brings touch-based interactive consumer digital experiences to virtually any printed material, which are capable of Bluetooth connectivity and smartphone beacon communication. This interactive, touchable print becomes a beacon when touched, and can come in the form of consumer materials such as posters and packaging.

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TrackR – Creates a virtual floor plan of users’ homes and helps track frequently misplaced items with its product, Atlas, which is a small, plug-in Bluetooth proximity device. It can identify any nearby device equipped with a Bluetooth tracker and estimate its distance from the Atlas device, pinpointing which room the missing item is located in.

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Cassia Networks – Partners the Cassia Bluetooth router with smart medical equipment to create a more effective and automated IoT telehealth solution for at-home care. The Cassia Bluetooth router serves as a bridge, collecting data from patient’s Bluetooth enabled medical devices in real time, such as blood pressure monitor, then sending it to their doctor via the cloud. 

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Tempow – Uses local multi-casting capabilities to connect one smartphone to several Bluetooth audio devices for one synced output. This allows users to access the same signal with multiple Bluetooth speakers or headphones for a simplified connected listening experience at home, with a group, or on the go.

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Student finalists

Bluejay – Transmits a survivor’s location via Bluetooth from a mobile app to drones sent out by emergency responders during natural disaster or crisis situations. This app makes search and rescue missions more efficient, and empowers emergency responders to save more lives and reduce operation costs.

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ArriveAwake-ArriveAlive – Connects a heart rate monitor to a mobile device via Bluetooth to analyze users’ heart rate data while driving and prevent drowsy driving accidents. This patented system alerts the driver when it detects impending drowsiness, and uses an audible system to interact with the driver and keep them awake until they can safely pull off the road.
    

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Magic Knock – Enables users to operate smart home appliances and devices by knocking on a wall or desk and by turning any surfaces into a touch panel. Not only does this solution eliminate the need for manually using remotes and switches, it can also particularly contribute to the independence of users with mobility impairments.
    

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OperaBLE – Provides in-depth tracking of workers in order to enhance the value chain of Industrial Internet of Things products by monitoring location, activity, and even emotion via a Bluetooth wearable. OperaBLE provides industrial industries with valuable information on working conditions, production rates, and employee performance. 
    

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DeMeter – Connects a comprehensive package of Bluetooth environmental sensors to an online community to create a crowd-sourced picture of local environments. Using this software, concrete information on surrounding environmental conditions is made accessible to the public, especially benefiting sustainable farmers and gardeners.
    
 

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