2013 Jan 4, 5:35 2012 Sep 26, 6:24 2011 Mar 7, 9:13
Instructions for a DIY bluetooth glove with mic in pinky and earpiece in thumb.
2009 Dec 3, 2:39
"Android 2.0 comes with a bevy of refinements to its connectivity features. These include VPN support, multiple account support, exchange support, HTML5 support, bluetooth 2.1, and quite a few more
which can best be found in the Android Platform Highlights document."
2008 Mar 23, 1:25
I ordered a ThinkGeek Bluetooth Retro Handset to use at home. When I come home I plug my phone in to charge in my room, but then I can't hear it ring
elsewhere in the hosue. The idea was to take this handset which wirelessly connects to cellphones via bluetooth and place it in another part of the house so that I can tell I'm getting an incoming
call. The only issue I have with that setup is that it ringing isn't any louder than conversations held over the phone, that is, the ringing is a little quiet.
The handset pairs with cellphones in the same manner as any other handset over bluetooth. It has an internal rechargeable battery which is charged via a standard USB port built into the base of the
handset and it comes with a USB cable. Next to the USB port is the only button on the phone which is pressed to answer a call, hang up a call, or begin voice dial, held down to turn the handset on
and off, and held down longer to begin pairing with a cellphone. There's a blue LED in one of the holes in the microphone portion of the phone which blinks to indicate if its on or trying to pair.
Transitioning between on, off, and pairing produces a cute sound and a change to the LED.
Overal I'm pleased with its simplicity and use of common parts although I wish there was a way to adjust the volume of the ring.
2007 Dec 28, 3:55 2007 Dec 17, 9:25
Johnny Lee has a couple of projects involving the Wii remote. In the first he uses his fingers as his pointers Minority Report style and in the second he uses an LED pen and a projector to create a
2007 Dec 11, 11:15
Bracelet the vibrates when you get a call on your cellphone.
2007 Dec 11, 11:13
A bluetooth handset that's like a retro headset.
2007 Oct 11, 7:49
A how-to on creating a bluetooth handset for your cell-phone. I want this but like a regular phone and without the DIY part.
2007 Sep 18, 2:16
Sarah got me the Garmin StreetPilot c580
for my birthday last month. I really like this because its a small device that makes my
life easier without me having to learn anything new. Just the way tech. should be.
The device gets current weather, traffic, and movie times. The information is sent via FM and received via the FM receiver in the cigarette lighter power adapter of the GPS device. MSN sends out this
info and I get a free one year subscription. In addition to taking traffic info into account when planning my route it will estimate the number of minutes I'm going to spend in traffic. Just knowing
how long I might be in traffic somehow makes it more bareable.
The other day while driving for dinner I got a call. I got my phone out of my pocket and answered it. I heard Jon's saying 'Hello' under my passenger seat. After a moment of confusion I remembered
that the GPS device also acts as a bluetooth hands free phone adapter and that it was under my seat.
2007 Sep 11, 11:17
A headset that allows you to switch between a bluetooth phone and music.
2007 Jun 7, 5:29
The other day I had the best idea for my Wii remote. Clearly I should use it to control the rotation of Tetris pieces in my N-dimensional
Tetris game Polytope Tetris
. One of the issues I described with Polytope Tetris
is user input. Given a Wii remote the
user could rotate a piece through 3 dimensions in a manner that's much easier to adjust to than particular keys on the keyboard.
Anyway, I did a little research
into how this might work. I knew that the Wii remote used infrared for absolute positioning and
Bluetooth for everything else (LEDs, speaker, accels.) I bought a Bluetooth adapter
for my PC after realizing that none of my
computers had one already. I used GlovePIE
to ensure that my Wii remote could connect and successfully communicate with my computer.
GlovePIE is actually pretty cool -- it provides a simple script layer over the Wii remote to control things like your mouse.
Since Polytope Tetris is in Java I looked for and found a Java library for operating with the Wii remote
and a long forum thread discussing its use
. I then read up on Bluetooth in Java
. Apparently JSR 82 is the name of the standard that describes the API a Bluetooth stack should expose
in Java. That is, to get Bluetooth working in Java one needs an additional package for Java that actually implements the Bluetooth Java API. This package would depend on the system so I suppose I
can't fault Sun for not including it... Where to find such a package? I found a comparison list of implementations
and tried the ones
that support javax.bluetooth. None of them
worked for me because none can address USB devices it seems or they cost money and I couldn't get the trial version working. I also tried
(not listed on the previous list) which seemed promising and could produce an address for my Wii remote as a connected device but couldn't use
And I thought that after I found the Wii remote Java library it would be easy... Oh well...
2007 May 20, 2:39
GlovePIE provides a simple scripting interface to Wii remotes. It also comes with a bunch of premade scripts for example wiimote accel. controls the mouse.
2007 May 11, 1:47
A long thread between the guy making the WiiRemoteJ library and people testing it and using it. Some stuff in there about setting up Java with Bluetooth support for Win & Mac.
2007 May 11, 1:44
Comparisons of features and prices of Java bluetooth libraries.
2007 May 11, 1:11
Review of a USB Bluetooth adapter. Several reviews claim that it works with Wii remote.
2007 May 11, 12:58
Download Java bluetooth stacks
2007 May 11, 12:51
Tutorial on programming Java apps using bluetooth.
2007 May 11, 12:38
Sun's introduction to bluetooth.