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