The proliferation of sophisticated electronic devices and growth of computer networking have provided motivation for the development of Bluetooth standard. This short range wireless technology allows different types of consumer devices, ranging from mobile phones to digital cameras, to form spontaneous wireless networks and exchange data. Bluetooth technology creates many new possibilities for proving services to consumers.
The automated connection establishment features of Bluetooth make it well suited for providing devices such as PDA’s and mobile phones with access to public wireless networks via access points. In addition, the short range nature of the technology can be exploited so consumers with Bluetooth devices can be provided with services that are most relevant to the position of the access point. For example, a Bluetooth device could be used to alert the user, who has just entered a store, that a product location service is available.
In order to realise these possibilities, consumers need access to applications that allows them to take advantage of these services. Java application development technology provides features such as portability, security and robustness that makes it well suited for developing applications for use on Bluetooth platforms. In particular, the Java 2 Micro Edition platform aims to facilitate the development of portable applications for embedded systems, which are typically more varied in their system architecture and more likely to incorporate Bluetooth technology.
The objective for this project has been to develop an experimental Java application for a Bluetooth platform that allows a user in an airport cafe to order from the menu and to check on flight times. This system uses the Compaq 3870 Ipaq to model the user’s personal Bluetooth device and the Ericsson Bluetooth Development Kit to model a Bluetooth access point. With further optimisation, this system has applications for many kinds or wireless services including mobile commerce, home and office automation, car hire, hotel reservation and tourist information.
Author: Benjamin Williams
Source: University of Queensland