A brief introduction to Bluetooth applications: BT Pointer and its interoperability issues

Allion Labs / Flash Liu

Bluetooth is a personal wireless communication technology commonly used in the connections of PCs, smartphones, and personal mobile devices for information transfer and exchange. The Bluetooth SIG introduced the newest Bluetooth 5.0 in 2016, boasting an effective transmission distance of 300 meters and speed of 2Mbps.

Ever since Bluetooth 4.0’s adoption of the Low Energy Technology, products that support Bluetooth have gradually increased. In recent years, the application of Bluetooth has expanded from general computer-related merchandise to medical and home care, vehicle-mounted devices, and IoT smart home appliances, etc.

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Can Your Smart Assistants Work With Other Devices? A Test Analysis from Allion’s Interoperability Validation

As we mentioned in last article: Smart Enough? The Three Most Frequent Issues in Smart Assistant Applications, smart assistant can be vocally activated to provide entertainment support, help search information, and control other smart devices in houses, offices, or hotel rooms. Generally, a smart assistant, to complete these tasks, has to work with other devices, such as going online with wireless access points (AP) or synchronizing with smart phones via Bluetooth. However, we found several interoperability issues after paring up six smart assistants with 20 APs and 20 smart phones. In this article, we argue that, even for the products that have been certified by Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, interoperability issues can occur during the complex matches among the various products in the market. Read more

Smart Enough? The Three Most Frequent Issues in Smart Assistant Applications

Voice recognition has become the prevalent technology for remote authentication. To fulfill people’s imaginations for “convenience,” tech giants such as Amazon, Google, and Apple started to develop their own voice recognition systems and have invented and brought “Smart Assistant” to the market.

Generally, a smart assistant can be vocally activated to provide entertainment support (e.g. music and radio), help search information (e.g. wiki, translation, and recipe), and control other smart devices in houses, offices, or hotel rooms. These clever helpers later become the focus for those manufacturers who attempt to step further in the IoT era. Read more

Protect Your Eyes in a Better way – Allion Test Report of Blue Light Filter Apps

With the flourishing of display technology nowadays, digital device makers tend to produce bright and vivid screen by using LED backlighting technology. However, you should be careful since this “eye-killer” can emit very strong blue light rays, which harm your eyes. In fact, studies have shown that prolonged exposure over time of blue light will cause digital eye strain, such as dry and irritated eyes. Although there are a large numbers of blue light filter apps (also known as Night Mode) that allow users to protect eyes, their efficiencies are still questioned. In this article, Allion argues that these apps can be useful tools for filtering out blue light. First, we will explain what blue light is. Then we will run tests after activating these apps.

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Embracing IoT? Wait!! A Test Report from Allion Smart Life Program

The idea of IoT (Internet of Things) and the innovation of technology have created a new lifestyle to people. Today, individuals, when stepping into a house, are able to turn on light, air conditioner, or television by simply speaking a word. However, the larger scale applications of smart technology also created more complex issues.

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Wireless Charging Interoperability Test Results and Analysis

Wireless Charging Interoperability Test Results and Analysis

Foreword

It was said that wireless charging would be introducing into Apple next generation while there was also news that Apple Inc. had just joined Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) as its new member. As Apple has always been one of market leaders in the industry, such news coming one after another seems to indicate of the market booming and technology development rising into its high peak for the wireless charging that has been regarded as emerging technology for a period of time.

According to the research of IHS Markit, the worldwide wireless charging- transmitter (Tx) & receiver (Rx) market in 2017 are expected to be totally over 600 million units of shipments and would be driven even over 3 times more to reach 2.8 billion units in 2025. From Chart I, we learned that in this market the surging shipments of devices featured as receivers for wireless charging, such as smartphones and smartwatches, have become the main force of wireless charging market and has further driven the increases of the transmitter market.

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[The Allion Perspective] The Next Step In Wireless Charging

As children we have all dreamed of having super human powers such as “Bishop, Jean Grey (Phoenix Force), Dazzler (respectfully)”. Although we’re still far from casting our own lightning bolts; however, with the development of wireless charging technology we can in a way satisfy a minuet aspect of this dream.

In 2018 the Apple iPhone may adopt wireless charging with its possibly new fiberglass shell; however, if such an adoption were to take place it would undoubtedly spar an array of exclusive aftermarket chargers causing confusion and risk of interoperability. Also from our observation of IFA 2016, the majority of future wearable devices would equipped with dust & liquid repellent features.

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[Smart Home Hub Test] Making Sure You Get Extra Coverage When It Matters Most

With the advancement and wide adoption of Smart Home technology, the status of the Router (AP) as the nerve center for the entire operation has become ever more paramount. Hence, as far as WiFi is concerned, it could be seen as the equilibrium in the purview of one’s home. If connectivity and performance are your key concerns then you should be concerned with your choice of wireless AP’s. With the gargantuan scope of choices from brand, price, aesthetics to the array of platforms from Apple’s Home Kit, MI, etc. All of which offers various functions and applications; however, most of us only require a multifunction internet control center and would do quite well with it. Thus, embodying us with the ability to control the majority of household products and the ability to becoming more energy-efficient, convenient and safe. Overall uplifting the quality and standard of living for all families.

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[The Dual between Titans] The Search for performance Excelsior

With the dazzling appearance of ever more sophisticated, cheaper and cool smart phones many providers are faced with the unprecedented challenge of churning up ever more sophisticated devices, to satisfy the unquenchable thirst of our gadget addicted society.

Naturally we look towards our surrounding tech gurus or nerds for inspiration, especially when our pockets are involved. Yet, instead of a prejudice overview we are bombarded with an objective view from their personal experience. Here at Allion we examine each product with an omnipotent perspective; starting from 2015 we have routinely published “The smart phone user experience” as a pinnacle towards the review of various smart devices. With state of the art equipment to examine the display, camera, acoustics and GPS functions, with exceptional reviews from our readers.

For this review our study group has chosen 4 upcoming high-end smart phones for a review and Competitive Analysis; this not only helps producers better understand their products, but also has a definitive effect on market placement and SWOT analysis. Through this we at Allion are able to locate possible flaws and provide optimal solutions for our clients.

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