KU to collaborate on research to allow electronic
devices to talk with each other
From University Relations
By Michelle Ward
LAWRENCE -- The University of Kansas Information and Telecommunication Technology Center and Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) have announced a collaboration on technology that will help electronic devices talk among themselves at short range.
Cell phones equipped with a special Bluetooth chip could serve as universal remotes, opening garage doors,printing documents from computers or programming TVs, said Victor Frost, director of ITTC.
According to Frost, the chip, no larger than a stamp, can be inserted into many electronic devices besides telephones, permitting them to talk among themselves without cables. Among other things, the technology would allow phones, handheld devices and personal computers to share address books and schedules, Frost said.
In the collaboration, ITTC researchers will test a variety of appliances to ensure that they work correctly with the chips. The chips send and receive messages at multiple frequencies, which are used to avoid interference from other transmissions.
Principal investigator Joseph Evans, Charles E. Spahr professor of electrical engineering and computer science at KU, said, "We believe our work with the Bluetooth SIG will help accelerate the deployment of Bluetooth technology worldwide and is a great opportunity for ITTC to gain exposure with the many member companies of Bluetooth."
A variety of products from different vendors work together because of standards set by SIG. With more than 2,000 member companies, Bluetooth SIG's goal is to provide devices that can be installed within five minutes of their removal from the box.
"Creating the Bluetooth wireless technology and specification to work effectively across a broad range of product categories and disparate industries has been an ambitious undertaking," said Mike McCamon, executive director of Bluetooth SIG. "Now we're focusing on consumer ease in the use of our products."
Cellular phone manufacturer Ericsson already has launched the first cell phone with a Bluetooth headset.
As a Kansas Technology Enterprise Corporation Center of Excellence, ITTC will help stimulate economic growth within the state. With Bluetooth's world headquarters in Overland Park, mass commercialization would benefit all involved, including Kansans. The impact could be huge with predictions of a $12 billion industry by
For more information, contact ITTC.