We actively participate and represent IBM in a
number of taskforces in the AIR, Software, and Interoperabillity technical
working groups of the Bluetooth
Special Interest Group. Bluetooth is a short range wireless connectivity
technology with special focus on a specification that lends itself to
a low cost, low power and integrated implementation.
We envisage short range wireless technologies such as Bluetooth to revolutionize
mobile and pervasive computing paradigms. Considering a wide range of
computing and communication devices such as PDAs, notebook computers,
pagers, cellular and cordless phones with different capabilities, a "smart"
short range wireless connectivity solution can be a major enabler for
new, and exciting research areas. We have an ongoing project to understand
the applicability of short range wireless connectivity in proximity networking,
hidden computing, collaborative services, smart spaces, etc.. Our goal
is to understand challenges of such research areas and their inter-play
with smart short range and integrated wireless technologies. IBM
Research has been a major contributor to both Infrared- and radio-based
standards and had developed a number of technologies in this area.