Bluetooth to Your Rescue
Skeptics have accused bluetooth of being a solution in search of a problem, but this year's IEEE Computer Society International Design Competition shows that Bluetooth's strengths can address real needsbeyond eliminating wires in our personal area nSkeptics have accused bluetooth of being a solution in search of a problem, but this years IEEE Computer Society International Design Competition shows that Bluetooths strengths can address real needsbeyond eliminating wires in our personal area networks. My favorite is the third-place winner, The Poket Doctor from Brigham Young University. Imagine a paramedic team arriving at an accident scene: As they pull up, a screen on the dashboard displays several faces, along with each persons medical history. Before theyve even gotten out of their vehicle, the medical team identifies the people on the scene who need special attention. Its all done with Bluetooth-enabled smart cards, estimated to cost about $30 each, discoverable by a portable medical console and able to provide emergency dataor, with a password supplied by a conscious patient, download full medical history information.
Poket Doctor prototype development was limited more by software than hardware; in particular, the team found Microsofts Visual C++ unwieldy in displaying patients photographs. Encryption/decryption times were also an issue.