Following the announcement of a new version of Bluetooth, an industry body has pointed out that the technology will appeal to different markets to the previous model.
Michael Foley, chief of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group, made his remarks following the unveiling of the wireless technology's core specification version 4.0 application, reports ZDNet.
He explained that while version 3.0 was concentrated on communicating at high speeds and aimed at use in the computing and entertainment sectors, the new low-power model is more suited to healthcare and fitness tools.
Mr Foley said: "Bluetooth low-energy modules for all sorts of new products may now be qualified - this is an important step towards our goal of enabling new markets with Bluetooth wireless technology."
In his view, the 4.0 application could be useful for healthcare devices in which it is important to have longer battery life as the user may not remember to recharge them, such as for patients with dementia.
Bluetooth 4.0 products could be launched early in 2010.