11 May 2003 mjcox   » (Master)

This month I decided to play with bluetooth for fun. I bought one of the MCI class-1 USB bluetooth dongles and spent a little time getting the bluetooth utilities supplied with Red Hat Linux 9 working. It certainly has potential, using AT commands I can remotely create menus on my phone, capture key presses, capture and send sms, monitor call progress and much more.

So the plan is that when I enter the house I'll get a new menu on my phone letting me control the lights and stuff, with incoming calls and SMS displayed on the tv/mp3 player and so on. I couldn't find anyone who has interfaced a jabber client to a t68i so I'll have to write that bit first. The other problem is that the bluetooth stuff works fine when it works, but take the phone out of range and nothing notices - so it'll need a bit more effort to get it reliably detecting phones coming into and out of range.... anyway it'll be a fun month.

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