When I was in Cannes some weeks ago, I've joined a presentation by Ixi Mobile about their PMG (Personal Mobile Gateway) which is a pretty fascinating concept, based on Bluetooth.
In the center is the Ixi-Connect, which connects on one hand with the GSM/GPRS network and on the other hand with all kind of Bluetooth enabled devices - from a telephone receiver which can be used like a normal cell phone but doesn't include the wireless radio to digital cameras (I even saw a working high-resolution prototype from Sony which connected to the Ixi-Core) to pens, chat boards or whatever is connectable.
The chat board below was connected to MSN IM and you could use it for wireless chatting, but also SMS is supported.
The pen recorded shot voice notes and send them as E-Mail to any recipient in the world. Right beside the pen you see the Ixi-Connect module which is pretty small and light.
A great and pretty useful component are the wireless cameras. You can predefine an E-Mail address, snap a picture and this is sent automatically to the predefined E-Mail address.
As I wrote above, this will works even with high-resolution cameras.
Today, Samsung announced on CeBIT it's PMG support.
Samsung Introduces the Worldâ€™s First PMG (Personal Mobile Gateway) Phone at CeBIT
Samsung Electronics and IXI Mobile to Collaborate on Innovative Mobile Devices
CeBIT, Hanover, Germany - March 12, 2003 - Samsung Electronics and IXI Mobile, Inc. today announced that Samsung has incorporated Personal Mobile Gateway (PMG) technology into a new breed of Samsung wireless phones and peripheral devices by licensing IXI software. Samsung will exhibit a PMG Phone as well as other peripherals designed-for-PMG products at CeBIT in Hall 26, Booth 68. The Samsung SGH-X410, the worldâ€™s first PMG Phone, is a tri-band GSM/GPRS with 65k colors, Bluetooth and 40 polyphonic ring tones.
"Samsung, as a mobile communications trend-setter, offers a wide variety of products designed to be at the center of peoples lives both in their homes and when they are mobile," said Amit Haller, President and CEO of IXI Mobile. "As the inventor and pioneer of the PMG, we are very pleased to be working with Samsung to enable the introduction of new and innovative wireless products that greatly enhance the usersâ€™ mobile experience."
The PMG is the bridge between the mobile and the Personal Area Networks (PAN), combining cellular and short distance wireless with micro-router and micro-server functionalities. It is the point of connection between the wireless network and the new category of affordable and best-of-breed mobile devices. The PMG enables a new set of innovative, optimized Sleek Devices (e.g. watches, pens, phones, messaging terminals, gaming devices, cameras) that deliver a superior experience, while still focused on fashion and budget.
The Ixi concept is a pretty interesting one as as they mentioned to me on 3GSM Congress, it's not a show case only but will become reality. Getting Samsung on board now with handset support might be an important step for them!
Overall I was impressed about the options what to connect and best of all, according to the Bluetooth standard, you can connect several devices simultaneously.
Cheers ~ Arne
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