BluetoothLegendary comedian Rodney Dangerfield was known for the classic line of “I don’t get no respect.” Interestingly, over the years there have been more than a few technologies vying for the title of Rodney Dangerfield of Tech. And one product that can be seen as a major contender for that title is Bluetooth.

How could that be? After all, the wireless technology has for years now made it possible for gadgets, phones, PCs and other devices to easily connect with almost no hassle. Wireless keyboards, earpieces, speakers, car dashboards, you name, it probably can connect over Bluetooth.

But despite its longevity and usefulness, many people have no respect for Bluetooth. Articles proclaiming the death of Bluetooth can be found pretty much every year for the last twelve years. WiFi killed Bluetooth, no wait, it was NFC, or maybe WiFi PAN. And all of these have been wrong.

And with the recent announcement of Bluetooth 4.2, the technology looks to be in good shape for the next few years at least. As one would expect of any new version, speed is a key feature in the new spec, which is expected to increase Bluetooth speeds by up to 2.5 times current rates. The new version also boosts privacy by requiring user opt-in before they can be tracked by Bluetooth Beacons as users, for example, shop at the mall during the holidays.

But probably the biggest new feature in Bluetooth 4.2 is internet connectivity. Devices built to the new specification will be able to connect directly to the Internet without the need for phones, tablets or computers acting as the middleman.

With this change, Bluetooth becomes a key cog in the Internet of Things, making it possible for things to utilize the low-cost and low-power technology as the main way that they connect to, and become part of, the Internet of Things.

However, while the specification is out, many of these new features will need to be implemented in hardware, meaning that you may have to wait until next December to get gadgets that have these new Bluetooth capabilities.

And then maybe Bluetooth will finally get some respect.

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