ZigBee News for Jul 2010

The second quarter of 2010 has been a very promising one for the ZigBee World. With a number of products working on the ZigBee technology being demonstrated in the CES 2010, its sure appears to be a very promising and bright quarter for the technology ahead.

Prominent among the products on display at CES 2010 were the ZigBee enabled 3D Glasses that come handy for spaces with multiple televisions or where line-of-sight is an issue. Monster, the company which manufactures the same demonstrated its RF synchronization technology for the first time during CES 2010. The company utilized IEEE 802.15.4 radios and ZigBee technology to keep glasses in sync with the TV. This was possible even if the user turns away from the screen or an interloper disrupts the line of sight – common issues that can create flicker with today’s typical IR-based 3D solutions.

Another important piece of news that found mention in web headlines was the comparison of Bluetooth version 4 and the ZigBee based products in the report available in Information Week’s website. The report states that the Bluetooth Special Interest Group had approved version 4.0 of the wireless networking specification, giving device manufacturers the tools to take advantage of the spec's low-power technology. They SIG compared Bluetooth version 4.0 to existing ZigBee products and also commented positively on the low power usage of these products.

In another newsworthy report, WTRS (Wireless Sensor Network Technology Trends) Report analyzes and forecasts the market for wireless sensor networks. The report includes a thorough evaluation of emerging Wireless Sensor Network technologies and associated software including ZigBee, Bluetooth Low Energy, Wavenis, IEEE 802.15.4, Low Power WiFi, EnOcean, and others. The report is very favorable of the ZigBee and ZWave standards.

The new series of devices available in the market and especially on www.vesternet.com promises to bring in a new impetus to the use of low power Energy Kits using the ZigBee standard. The coming days are promising to be good for customers who have been using ZigBee technology as new product launches are expect soon.

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