WAVEclip Brings Bluetooth to Palm V
Sunderland Technologies today debuted the WAVEclip, the world’s first clip-on Bluetooth adapter for Palm V handhelds. Because a lone Bluetooth module is pointless, it will be bundled with the BLUEcard, a Bluetooth PC card to facilitate file transfer and HotSync between the Palm and a notebook or PC. Each set will cost about $320 and is scheduled to ship in May.
It supports four distinct application profiles - Bluetooth HotSync to desktop; Bluetooth Point to Point Protocol connection to desktop; Bluetooth dial-up networking to a Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone and the Service Discovery Profile (SDP), which is a search for other Bluetooth-enabled devices and their respective ID names within the specified vicinity.
According to Sunderland, the WAVEclip features a sleek design which is handy and lightweight to keep it in the pocket.
It is powered by built-in rechargeable NiMH batteries and can be used continuously for more than 10 hours. The Palm V or Vx can also be recharged through the WAVEclip.
Operating on OS 3.5, it is compliant with the Bluetooth 1.0B specifications and operates within a radio frequency range of 2.4 – 2.4835 GHz, programmable for specific national regulations. The firmware is upgradeable to Bluetooth 1.1 specifications via a proprietary cable (included in the package).
Testing is under way with Palm's upcoming OS 4.0. Sunderland is currently developing a version that will work with the new Palm m505.
“After all the hype and excitement of Bluetooth, we are happy to say that Sunderland has successfully integrated the technology into working Bluetooth-enabled units” said Mr Jeremy Lee, Chief Executive Officer, Sunderland Technologies. “The WAVEclip is indeed a showcase of 100% wireless communications for handheld computing and we are confident that the clip-on will be a great extension to the wireless capability of Palm handhelds.”
The BLUEcard is an external Bluetooth PC card (PCMCIA) adapter that allows host-enabled devices such as laptops to communicate with the Palm V handhelds. It supports wireless printing in combination with BLUEprint, a wireless printer adapter.
Bluetooth technology is a global specification for small form factor, low-cost wireless communication and networking between PCs, mobile phones and other portable devices. Endorsed by handheld and telecommunications manufacturers, Bluetooth uses an omni- directional signal to connect multiple devices up to 10 metres apart. It replaces cables and promotes seamless voice and data transmission via wireless, short-range radio.
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