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Smile! Bluetooth is Coming

Tuesday April 25, 2000 - 5:45 AM EST - By James Hromadka

Bluetooth is Coming

Blue-Connect moduleInformation is starting to come out now about the Bluetooth springboard from Widcomm called the Blue-Connect™. The Blue-Connect module enables wireless connectivity with other Bluetooth-enabled devices. Like other springboards, the Blue-Connect is completely Plug-N-Play. Widcomm will also have a Blue-Share™ product that allows the Visor to connect to the desktop over Bluetooth.

Below is a list of the Blue-Connect module specifications from Widcomm’s website:

  • Add-on module enabling wireless connectivity with other Bluetooth-enabled devices
  • Conforms to the Springboard interface present on the Visor PDA
  • Plug and Play with no prior configuration required on the Visor device
  • Bluetooth 1.0 specification compliant software and firmware
  • The Blue-Connect module comes loaded with all the software drivers required to use a Visor device running the Palm OS
  • Optional software applications (e.g. e-mail, web access) can be included in the Enabler module Flash ROM
  • Bluetooth profiles implemented: Dial-up Networking, Serial Port Profile, Synchronization Profile
  • Power drawn from Visor battery pack - Current : Peak : 60 mA; typical : 40 mA
Below are some of the ways that the Blue-Conect module can be used:
  • "Beaming" an application over from Visor to Visor
  • "Beaming" an address-book entry from Visor to Visor
  • Visor to desktop/notebook using the Blue-Connect and the Blue-Share (address book, schedule, to do list) synchronization
  • Visor to cell phones (address book, schedule synchronization)
  • Using the Visor as a user interface while using a cell phone as an untethered modem
  • Visor to Digital Camera (image transfer)
According to a press release that Widcomm has with Acer, the Blue-Connect will cost less than $100 and will be available in Q2 2000. The possibilities of Bluetooth will be endless. Widcomm will also release an API so companies can write Bluetooth-aware applications.

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