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THOUGHT: When something simple turns out to be otherwise
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - on Tuesday, 22.06.04 - 21:59:59 CET under 09 - Thoughts - Viewed 7285x
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I love Bluetooth. It's one thing I use most of the time, may it be to connect my Pocket PC to a Mobile phone, print to an BT printer and such. But in a recent event, Bluetooth did what it was supposed to do but the situation just showed that Bluetooth is not the best thing that can happen 100% of the time.

We had a mobility fair over the weekend with the theme "Buhay Wireless (Wireless Life): Improving the Life of the Filipino through Mobile Technology." The fair, Mobile Pilipinas 2004 was aimed at promoting different wireless technologies to Filipinos. We had Wi-Fi, we had GSM/GPRS, we had Bluetooth... and what got me there was Bluetooth.

I had the most difficult time with Bluetooth at the event. I tried beaming over a contact via BT and thought it was cool to demo something like that, but it all ended up backfiring on me. As soon as I started beaming out my vCard via BT, I was detecting no less than a dozen BT devices around at one time. Each time I do it another set comes up. It was quite difficult looking for the device names particularly when people don't set unique names to their devices or at times give their devices really weird names. Anyway, I ended up simply doing everything via IR. It was simple. I could see my target and not need to sift through the scanned active BT devices, and completing the whole beaming affair was much quicker.

Just imagine when all the people around you end up having some form of BT enabled device that remains visible to every other unit? Wow, that is total mayhem there. I'd say BT is good when you have to set it up alone, or within a private area. But as soon as you hit the floors of a public convention center with so many others running BT too? Wow! So if there is any problem with BT in the future, it's when the market gets saturated with BT enabled devices and you can't make heads nor tails of who is trying to BT you something.

Mabuhay! ~ Carlo


 

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Posted by JaToAc on 23.06.04 - 16:20:22

that's one of the reasons i tell all my friends to give their devices names. all my bt enabled devices have names that are easily recognizable and unique enough to know that's my device. only some kind of 384xzyfd doesn't do it. one other thing is to tell them to only switch bt on if it's really needed, but that's another story...

Posted by Arne Hess on 24.06.04 - 23:53:36

[1] Probably in time... all devices will have Bluetooth switched off by default. Or have Bluetooth not broadcast their ID (non-discoverable)

This will definitely clean up the BT space and allow only people who are using it at that perticular time to be visible.

Sony-Ericsson phones are like this. Maybe that would be a good model.  All devices should follow this model.

Naming devices should also be mandatory instead of having default names like Nokia 6310i or something... It really gets confusing at times.

And I agree... telling everyone how to use BT in a better way isn't an easy thing to do.

Mabuhay! ~ Carlo

Posted by Johnny Bravo on 25.06.04 - 16:16:45

Bulls**t...
How many times in our lives are we at mobility fairs or similars? We already have tools to deal with it, like partnership control and enabling/disabling broadcasting. BT is great, all we need is teach people the best way to use it.

Eduardo - Brazil

Posted by Arne Hess on 25.06.04 - 21:45:20

[3] Eduardo, there is a problem no matter how you look at it. I too love Bluetooth. But there are so many people with Bluetooth enabled devices who don't know how to use them, name them, or even switch them off.

That tech fair may be something extraordinary... but whenever I'm in a coffeeshop here in the Philippines I normally see no less than 6 BT enabled devices when I do a BT search using my iPAQ.

In a year or two, I'd expect to see more than a dozen BT devices active in a given coffeeshop... the more phones sold with BT, the more BT names will take up the airwaves.

I'd be really interested on how we can teach ALL BT users to switch them off and only switch on BT when needed. Because that is just as effective as telling a person that swearing is bad...

Mabuhay! ~ Carlo

Posted by elbowz on 04.08.04 - 17:28:23

[4] Surely this was just because you were in a room full of older Nokias, which can only have BT off or discoverable and are therefore permanently visible. (Don't know whether this affects ant other manufacturers, so I might be unfairly pointing the finger at Nokia). You should have just bluejacked them all...

Anyway as the older, badly implemented phones get replaced with newer ones this should be less of a problem, so I don't think its that big a deal.

Posted by Arne Hess on 04.08.04 - 23:09:02

[5] Having a lot of Bluetooth phones or devices in ssingle location isn't really a big deal... you're right... but it's the people who own these units that don't know how to use them that becomes a problem.

If majority of the people knew that they could switch off their Bluetooth, or at least keep them from being discovered, I think I wouldn't have that much of a problem.

Now in the future, how many people with Bluetooth will actually be responsible enough to hide them from public view?

Mabuhay ~ Carlo

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