Apple was the first to introduce devices that work with the new “low energy” version of Bluetooth. Now, the first app to take advantage of it – an app that lets you find your car – is out.
Bluetooth 4.0 was introduced by Apple into its Mac Mini and MacBook Air earlier this year, and the iPhone 4S was the first smartphone to include it as well. The 4.0 version of the Bluetooth standard allows for low power, low latency, simply configured data transmission. As MacRumors mentions, some of the early possibilities theorized to take advantage of Bluetooth 4.0 included things like health monitors, proximity detectors, and even “smart” watches. Once paired, they could send and receive data with your smartphone and display information quickly and without a huge power drain on either device.
Now, a company called FMC Smart has put together a Kickstarter project that lets you find your car easily. Apps with this premise already exist, but require you to manually enter your car’s location, or launch the app at the very least, when you park. The Find My Car Smart app by FMC Smart works based on a Bluetooth dongle that is in your car.
The dongle syncs info with the app on your phone in the background, and so you don’t have to even launch the app unless you lose track of your car. The automatic updating only causes a minor hit to your battery life because of the use of Bluetooth 4.0, although if you drive and therefore park a lot, you might find a bigger hit.
As a Kickstarter project, a minimum funding needs to be reached before the Bluetooth dongles are shipped. That doesn’t seem to be a problem, as it currently shows over $15,000 contributed with only a $10,000 goal. The app itself is, however, has already been approved by Apple and available in the App Store for $0.99. If you’re interested, check out the Kickstarter page to get more information and contribute funds.
The industry has been slow in adopting Bluetooth 4.0 support, but this is bound to change as time goes on. This is the only the first of what’s sure to be many devices that take advantage of the Bluetooth 4.0 standard. So far, the iPhone 4S is the only iOS device that supports it, but that will change as Apple updates its other devices.