WIRE FREE TECHNOLOGY
Men and women speaking via miniature headsets, controlling gadgets almost magically and being almost like demi-Gods in a world where everything is just a voice command away.
From hands free headsets to wireless game controllers Bluetooth technology is making IT and electronic communication more accessible than ever. Today, cell phone or PDA can be used as a universal remote to control all audiovisual equipment, TV, home security and automation systems, which have Bluetooth interfaces. Also alerts can be received on mobile that the refrigerator door has been left open or the oven is on. Bluetooth-linked shopping malls, grocery stores, restaurants, and other retail areas could allow the cell phone user with Bluetooth interface to perform financial transactions.
Any appliance that has a digital interface can be made Bluetooth compatible, such as PCs mobile phones, PDAâ€™s, keyboards, toasters, and coffee machines. We may be seeing almost every electronic device in a room interconnected and communicating with each other, leading us into a world of true digital convergence.
The most common device today is a wireless headset, which is paired to Bluetooth-enabled phones. But there are more compelling and innovative applications, which are emerging. Like the next generation sensing applications, which can detect a Bluetooth device and once paired can establish a communication session.
In the airline industry, electronic tickets are common. However they require the issue of paper boarding-pass, and self-service check-in often requires the use of a credit or frequent flyer card to identify the traveler. With Bluetooth, a personal device like the cell phone or the PDA, which includes travelerâ€™s personal identity, could help him/her to check in. An electronic boarding pass could be issued and stored in the Bluetooth device; which could be used to wirelessly present the boarding pass while boarding the aircraft.
Bluetooth could change the way we approach medical services too. A medical devices Working Group, made up of 19 member companies, including IBM, Intel, Motorola, Philips Electronic and Welch Allyn, are working together to create and ratify a Bluetooth Medical Device Profile that will expand the use of this technology into the medical, health and fitness markets. Now weight scales, blood pressure monitor and exercise equipments, which implement the new standard, will be able to send information to Bluetooth enabled PCâ€™s or cell phones so that one can monitor his/her health or share the information with experts.
* Motorola and Italian helmet maker Momo have developed a Bluetooth helmet that has an integrated speaker and microphone. It has the ability to make and receive phone calls.
* Wrist watch maker Fossils Bluetooth watch ($250) has a caller ID.
* France telecoms Bluetooth-compatible LED screen fits into clothing and displays text, drawings and animations sent by multimedia messaging service.(MMS).
* OTM technologyâ€™s VPen is a Bluetooth pen with which one can write anywhere.
* One can even control vacuum cleaners ($129.99) with this technology.
From jackets and watches to eyewear and pens, Bluetooth wireless technology has become more user-friendly then ever before. It is also going to play a vital role in Medical science including health check-ups, diagnosis, health parameters etc.