The Bluetooth special interest group (SIG) has launched a client/server application that allows Internet content to be wirelessly transferred from a Bluetooth-enabled PC to another mobile Bluetooth device such as a phone or PDA.
The new TransSend is free of charge and by providing the product, the Bluetooth SIG hopes to help increase customer satisfaction of Bluetooth enabled devices and drive visitors to TransSend-enabled websites.
“TransSend reinforces the Bluetooth SIG’s commitment to our member companies to find new, exciting ways for their customers to use Bluetooth-enabled devices and to consumers to make their lives simpler and more convenient,” comments Michael Foley, PhD, executive director, Bluetooth SIG. “TransSend is a simple solution with obvious value for the consumer that will increase usage and familiarity with Bluetooth object push applications.”
Users will have two ways to TransSend content from the Internet to their Bluetooth mobile devices and with either method; the computer will automatically begin searching for Bluetooth devices within range and allow the user to select the device they wish to receive the information.
TransSend relies on the Object Push Profile (OPP) to send web content and will be supported by the Microsoft XP SP2 and Windows 2000 operating systems and the Internet Explorer 5.5 (and higher) browser. Support for additional operating systems and Internet browsers are under consideration.
OBEX standard formats are used for calendar entries (vCal), contact information (vCard), and text (vNote) data types. The TransSend client includes a plain text (.txt) option since vNote (.vnt) format is optional for OPP. Images will rely on standard Internet formats such as png, .gif, .gmp, .jpg and .wmf.