The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) introduced its TransSend client/server application to help consumers transfer information to mobile devices.
TransSend allows Internet content such as maps, addresses, phone numbers and other text and images to be wirelessly transferred from a Bluetooth enabled PC to another mobile Bluetooth device such as a phone or PDA. It helps people get small, timely pieces of information to their mobile devices in a quick and effortless way so that they have the data they need when away from their PCs.
“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,” stated Michael Foley, Ph.D., 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 transfer content from the Internet to their Bluetooth mobile devices: they can click on a TransSend and Bluetooth icon next to the content or they can right click on specific information and select the option within the menu to TransSend the data. 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. Within a few seconds, the transfer is completed free of charge without wasting any valuable text messages or network minutes. This is very convenient for people on the go as they can quickly send contact and location information, event reminders or important URLs to their mobile devices.
TransSend relies on the Object Push Profile (OPP) to send web content and will be supported by the Microsoft XP SP2 and Windows 2000 and the Internet Explorer 5.5 (and higher) browser. 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 (.png, .gif, .gmp, .jpg and .wmf).