Feeds

Sony preps ZeroConf-style Bluetooth tech

Proprietary though...

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Bluetooth must become much easier to use if consumers are to adopt the wireless connectivity technology - that's a belief widely held by members of the Bluetooth community. Now Sony reckons it has the solution.

The Japanese giant this week revealed a new technology, dubbed Feel, which allows Bluetooth devices to connect instantaneously. The software sits on top of the standard Bluetooth protocol stack to provide a better user experience, Sony said.

Demonstrating Feel at the Bluetooth World Congress in Amsterdam, Sony said the technology would allow devices to detect and connect to each other immediately, and begin transferring data.

Essentially, the technology works like Apple's Rendezvous, itself based on the work done to leverage standards like Multicast DNS by the ZeroConf Networking Group within the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). Rendezvous allows networked devices to register with each other, automatically broadcasting and discovering what services each is offering for the use of others and effectively configuring a local IP network without user intervention.

Similarly, Feel frees users from having to pair devices and enter device key codes and the like, all of which is sufficient to put off all but the most adventurous consumers from trying Bluetooth.

Unlike Rendezvous, Feel is purely proprietary, though Sony said it is willing to license the technology under commercial terms. However, that may limit the technology to Sony devices.

"As long as the technology remains proprietary, chances of its success are zero," said Paul Marino, general manager of business line connectivity at Philips Semiconductors, according to a CommsDesign report. ®

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
Same old iPad? NO. The new 'soft SIMs' are BIG NEWS
AppleSIM 'ware to allow quick switch of carriers
Arab States make play for greater government control of the internet
Nerds told to get lost in last-minute power grab bid at UN meeting
Brits: Google, can you scrape 60k pages from web, pleeease
Hey, c'mon Choc Factory, it's our 'right to be forgotten'
Of COURSE Stephen Elop's to blame for Nokia woes, says author
'Google did have some unique propositions for Nokia'
It's even GRIMMER up North after MEGA SKY BROADBAND OUTAGE
By 'eck! Eccles cake production thrown into jeopardy
Mobile coverage on trains really is pants
You thought it was just *insert your provider here*, but now we have numbers
Don't mess with Texas ('cos it's getting Google Fiber and you're not)
A bit late, but company says 1Gbps Austin network almost ready to compete with AT&T
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.