CES 2016: Company create 1,000 ft. Bluetooth range Bluetooth
By Myrtle Vega, January 8th 2016
At CES 2016 today Cassia Networks how taken the wraps off a new Bluetooth Router called the Cassia Hub, that has been specifically created to extend the range of Bluetooth connectivity more than 30 times to over 1000 feet.
Start-up Cassia, at Sands 70564, couldn’t wait for the industry to release the initial Bluetooth Mesh specification, so it’s coming to CES with its own patented long-range Bluetooth technology to stretch Bluetooth range to 1,000 feet.
The app and hub combo can manage a plethora of Bluetooth-enabled devices like multi-room wireless speakers, smartphones, lights, door locks and headphones.
The Cassia Hub is priced at $149, and has been made available for pre-order in the US.
Most users of standard Bluetooth devices, such as speakers and smart home accessories connect from their handheld device or personal computer to a single Bluetooth device.
Cassia has also developed a collection of its own Bluetooth devices that can operate with its hub. The highlight of the router is the fact that it can allow any Bluetooth-enabled device to connect to it from even 1,000 feet away. Bluetooth, with its open platform and universal presence, was an obvious solution but inherently limited by its capabilities. “We thought if we could engineer a way to break free of these limitations, Bluetooth could become a viable contender”. Users have the ability to extend access and control outside the home via their smartphone or tablet when the hub is connected directly to the Internet via Wi-Fi or Ethernet.
The app is nearly as impressive as the actual hub.
Cassia Bluetooth Speaker ($79.99): a powerful 2.1 stereo speaker that can work with your other Bluetooth speakers to play the same music in multiple rooms.
A handful of compatible accessories are also on sale, including multi-colored LED lights that pair with the router, and the Personal Safety Sensor that lets you quickly contact emergency services or pre-determined contacts when in need. The Cassis Hub Bluetooth router comes with a specialized antenna designed for the Bluetooth, has significant hardware customization to increase the sensitivity of the Bluetooth, and noise cancellation technology. In this mode, the Cassia Hub acts as a router and range extender for communication between native product apps on your smartphone and corresponding BLE devices.