Add Bluetooth to V Series with Blue5
Tactel AB in Sweden demonstrated a new Bluetooth device at a recent conference. Blue5 is an add-on for the Palm V and Vx that lets the handheld communicate with other devices such as mobile phones, access points, or laptops. When a Bluetooth link is established to a mobile phone such as Ericsson R520, the Palm V will be connected to the Internet at a maximum speed of 44kBit (fixed connection).
It isn't clear yet what these are going to cost. The module will mainly be sold by OEM partners; the first official partner is Omnisky.
A Blue5 equipped Palm, once combined with a Bluetooth equipped mobile phone, gives the user a connection to the Internet at any time. In combination with a Bluetooth LAN Access Point, a fixed line Internet connection will also be possible. Tactel AB will soon be releasing software running on the Palm that enables it to control almost all the functions of a mobile phone over the Bluetooth link.
Added features of Blue5
The Button - When pressed, the button will HotSync the Palm. However it can also be programmed to do other things, such as launch a preferred application.
The replicated port - This allows the Palm to fit in the cradle with the Blue5 attached to it. So even during recharging the user can keep the Bluetooth connection open.
Blue5 can be used by a Palm V or Vx that has Palm OS 3.3 or later. The Palm uses software from Tactel AB called the "Bluetooth Preference Screen" that enables the user to locate other Bluetooth devices so it can team up to another chosen Bluetooth unit. The virtual drivers concept enables existing applications like the HotSync to work over Bluetooth without modifications. The Blue5 has an embedded software solution provided by Tactel AB based on the embedded Bluetooth stack from Ericsson Mobile Communications using the Ericsson Bluetooth chip.
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