The Vergecast Bluetooth Vacation Spec-tacular

Pleased holidays! Right here is our reward for you: over an hour of audio content material devoted to Bluetooth.

If you happen to’re fortunate this vacation season, it’s possible you’ll be given a brand-new cellphone, pill, or gadget outfitted with the short-range wi-fi customary we’ve handled for many years. Although it has improved considerably since its introduction in 1998, it nonetheless has a lot of room to develop. Will Bluetooth get higher subsequent yr? That’s the impetus for at this time’s Vergecast.

Naturally, we begin the present with a recreation. The Verge’s Nilay Patel, Alex Cranz, and Chris Welch sit in for a spherical of Bluetooth Jeopardy! — hosted by senior editor Sean Hollister. We’ll refresh your thoughts on the fundamentals of Bluetooth and maybe train you a number of attention-grabbing information too. How effectively have you learnt the tech? We’ve even set up an online game board so you can play along with the show.

Jeopardy board with Bluetooth themed categories

The Jeopardy Labs board we used to play this recreation.
Screenshot of Jeopardy Labs

Later within the episode, the crew will get again collectively to debate the state of Bluetooth, the way forward for the usual, and a few threats that face it within the years to come back. It appears that evidently Bluetooth has maxed out its bandwidth nowadays, with firms including their very own codecs atop it to help better-quality audio. How far more can or not it’s improved?

For the ultimate section, Nilay, Alex, and Chris are joined by Dr. Michael Foley, the Bluetooth Particular Curiosity Group (SIG) govt director from 2004 to 2012, to debate the previous, current, and way forward for Bluetooth. Dr. Foley shares the main points of his position within the evolution of Bluetooth and the challenges of getting firms to undertake the usual earlier than it turned ubiquitous in each gadget.

We had a variety of enjoyable making this episode, so we hope you take pleasure in it. Thanks a lot to everybody who listened to the present this yr. We actually respect it. Have a contented, secure, and Bluetooth-enabled vacation. We’ll see you in 2023!