Retrofit Printers for Bluetooth
While Bluetooth has the potential to revolutionize the way handhelds interact with peripherals, the revolution won't start until more peripherals are Bluetooth-ready. Troy Wireless can help people who don't want to buy a whole new printer. Its WindConnect Bluetooth adapter can be attached almost any printer. Together with IS/Complete's BtPrint, users can wirelessly print directly from their handheld to their current printer.
While less expensive than a new printer with Bluetooth built in, this solution isn't cheap. The WindConnect sells from CDW for $160. BtPrint is $25. Also necessary is a Bluetooth adapter for the handheld, like Palm's Bluetooth SD card, which sells for $130.
BtPrint allows users to print from the built-in Palm apps and Word and Excel documents from Documents To Go from DataViz Inc. It includes driver support for printers from most major manufacturers
The TROY WindConnect is a dongle-like device that connects to most popular printers, providing Bluetooth wireless connectivity capabilities within 10 meters (33 feet).
It supports printing from any Palm handheld equipped with a Palm Bluetooth SDIO card, and it also works with Bluetooth enabled laptop computers, mobile phones, and other devices.
Bluetooth is a short-range, low-power wireless standard. Its range depends on the devices being connected and the amount of interference in the area but most devices will be limited to 30 feet. It has a maximum speed of 1 Mbps.
I have no way to test if this combination will work with Sony's Bluetooth Memory Stick, though it should. -Ed
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