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Bluetooth Breakthrough Awards 2015

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Winners of the Bluetooth Breakthrough Awards program were announced on 2 March from the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona, Spain. The category winners epitomizing the best Bluetooth enabled products and applications on the market today, as well as innovative prototypes and concepts are: Procter & Gamble in the Application Category; SMART Technologies in the Product Category; iCradle in the Prototype Category. Additionally, sixteen year old Kenneth Shinozuka named winner of the Breakthrough Awards student category, which celebrates submissions from the next generation of Bluetooth innovators and young entrepreneurs.

From these category winners, iCradle's  Bluetooth Smart wireless hub and hands-free bicycle system, COBI, was selected as the Overall Winner.

And the Winners Are...

Breakthrough Products

BusAccess, smart public transport application and product (GeoMobile GmbH)
Microsoft Band, fitness tracker (Microsoft Corporation)
Nova, smartphone flash accessory and application (SneakySquid LLC)
SMART kapp, Bluetooth enabled whiteboard (SMART Technologies)
SwingTracker, motion monitor for softball/baseball bats (Diamond Kinetics)
Zuli Smartplug, smart plug/outlet adapter (Zuli)

Breakthrough Applications

Cub Connect™, lawn tractor and application (Cub Cadet)
Oral-B Application, electronic toothbrush and application (Procter & Gamble)
ReSound Smart™, hearing aid and application (GN ReSound)
Riccardo Application, in-store beacon system and retail application (AMP Media Group)

Breakthrough Prototypes

COBI, wireless hub and hands-free bicycle system (iCradle GmbH)
FITGuard, Bluetooth enabled mouth guard (Force Impact Technologies)
FreeWavz, wireless headphones with fitness tracking capabilities (hEar Gear, Inc)
Noke, Bluetooth enabled padlock (FŪZ Designs)
oort, home automation system and hub (Oort Technologies)
SmartMat, sensor-laden yoga mat (SmartMat)

Breakthrough Student

Santiago Ambit, WeOn Glasses
Christopher Morales, BlueFly
Olivia Siller, Bluetooth Diabetic Pump
Kenneth Shinozuka, Wearable Sensors for Healthcare Innovation
Jody Vankeuren, CAPD Bluetooth
Sarah White, Fitwell

The overall winner will be awarded two round trip tickets to attend Bluetooth World 2015 in April, along with entry into the event and free exhibition space, valued at $12,500 USD.

The Bluetooth Breakthrough Awards 2016 Program will launch in April so get your latest and greatest Bluetooth application, product, prototype or application ready and keep checking back. Be sure to check out the Innovation Training Series and learn more about developing with Bluetooth technology.

Review the Official Rules. Questions about the overall program? Contact us.

About the Sponsors:

Platinum Sponsors:

CSRCSR is a pioneering designer and developer of silicon and software for the consumer electronics market. We help to transform the lives of motorists, photographers, music lovers, mobile phone users and other gadget-loving consumers. CSR is dedicated to finding simple solutions to complex problems. With a heritage in, and as market leader in Bluetooth connectivity platforms we are committed to Bluetooth Smart. Our CSR µEnergy silicon provides a complete Bluetooth qualified solution that is an easy-to-integrate, cost-effective Bluetooth low energy platform which enables new applications for remote controls, watches, sports equipment, health sensors and home automation.


FrontlineFrontline is the world’s leading provider of Bluetooth protocol analysis technology and the premier Bluetooth device testing (interoperability, robustness, etc.) and Bluetooth services house. 84 out of the Fortune 100 companies use Frontline. Frontline’s ComProbe line of Bluetooth analyzers are the de-facto industry standard and are used by hundreds of company’s globally. Frontline maintains the world’s largest Bluetooth device library for use in its IOT service organization. Frontline’s technology has been integrated into the Bluetooth SIG’s PTS qualification tool which is the system used to determine if a product meets Bluetooth interoperability standards. Frontline supports the entire range of Bluetooth technology.


Nordic Semiconductor Nordic Semiconductor is specializing in ultra-low power short-range wireless communication. The company’s range of 2.4GHz transceivers are employed by some of the world’s leading brands in a wide variety of applications like wireless keyboard and mouse, game controllers, and intelligent sports equipment. Nordic is a member of the Bluetooth SIG where the company has contributed core expertise in ULP RF design to Bluetooth Smart wireless technology.

Meet the Judges


CNET tracks all the latest consumer technology breakthroughs and shows you what's new, what matters, and how technology can enrich your life. CNET gives you the information, tools, and advice that will help you decide what to buy and how to get the most out of the tech in your life.


Dr. James Chapman, VP of Connectivity, CSR

Dr Chapman has had a career spanning 16 years in the semiconductor and telecommunications industries, previously running global teams developing software for CSR’s system-on-chip products, and prior to joining CSR was a director of mobile multimedia software at Broadcom. He holds MA and D.Phil. degrees in physics from the University of Oxford and an MBA from Henley Business School.

David Bean, President, Frontline Test Equipment

For over ten years, David has been a key presence in the world of Bluetooth and wireless communications analysis and testing. He is regarded as an important and reliable resource for developers as they work to get quality products to market quickly, and has forged strong relationships with not only leading chip and OEM vendors and car companies, but with small shops and new product startups as well. At Frontline, he launched a new testing services division, which now boasts the largest and most diverse device library in the industry. Frontline Test Equipment is an employee-owned company headquartered in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Alf Helge Omre, Nordic Semiconductor

Alf Helge Omre gained his Electrical Engineering degree from the Gothenburg Technical Institute, followed by BTech EEE at University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, UK. Omre started his career as a Sales Engineer at Teleste OY, then moved to a management position as a Northern District Manager in Dallas Semiconductor, followed by five years as Product Manager in Memec AS until 2002. Same year, Omre joined Nordic Semiconductor as a Product Manager for SoC/ASIC. In 2010, Omre was promoted to his current position of Business Development Manager for Bluetooth Smart. In his job, he drives the development and adoption of Nordic’s Bluetooth Smart products. Omre has contributed in several Bluetooth SIG WGs on profile definition work. In his spare time, Omre enjoys family weekends at the cabin with sailing and fishing.​