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Cassia Hub extends Bluetooth range to 1,000 feet

Cassia Hub extends Bluetooth r...
The Cassia Hub's unobtrusive size allows it to fit in small places
The Cassia Hub's unobtrusive size allows it to fit in small places
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The Cassia Hub, with its Bluetooth-enabled accessories
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The Cassia Hub, with its Bluetooth-enabled accessories
The rear of the Cassia hub, showing USB and Ethernet connections
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The rear of the Cassia hub, showing USB and Ethernet connections
The Cassia Hub has a range of 1,000 feet or through three interior walls
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The Cassia Hub has a range of 1,000 feet or through three interior walls
The Cassia Hub's unobtrusive size allows it to fit in small places
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The Cassia Hub's unobtrusive size allows it to fit in small places

While Bluetooth has become a popular way to connect deviceswithin very close proximity (30 ft/9 m or less), its range limitations andinability to connect more than one device to another have limited its use. Anew Bluetooth-enabled hub introduced by Cassia at CES could change that by extendingthe range to 1,000 feet (304 m) or through three interior walls, and allowing up to 22 different devices to be connected at once.

The Cassia Hub operates on the company's proprietary and patented technology. It is compatible with Bluetooth 4.0 and requires no modification or re-configuration of existing Bluetooth-enabled devices. A mobile app developed for both iOS and Android allows you to access and control the hub, and the devices connected to it.

The app and hub combo can manage a plethora of Bluetooth-enabled devices like multi-room wireless speakers, smartphones, lights, door locks and headphones. 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. Existing Bluetooth technology doesn't do that.

The hub is a svelte 1.5 lb (0.68 kg) and is all of 4.9 inches (12.7 cm) in diameter by 7.8 inches (19.8 cm) high. Cassia is taking pre-orders on its website for US$99, with shipments expected within this first quarter of 2016.

Optional Bluetooth-enabled accessories include a speaker, multi-colored LED light, smart plug, and a safety sensor that can detect when someone has fallen and be programmed to text for help.

Source: Cassia

1 comment
MD
Isn't the short range a feature of bluetooth rather than a limitation. Low Range allows "sensitive" wireless comms (hopefully the pairing thing actually enacts some encryption, even if just FHSS [physical rather than digital "encryption"]) with little likelihood of interception. (Like near field devices, imagine if a company started marketing long range NFC, touting the advantage of making NFC payments at 20 cash register at the same time. wow, what advantage that would allow for criminals.