Imagine using a cell phone to create your own personal area network that connects not only your laptop and PDA (personal digital assistant) but also an array of other devices like a wristwatch with caller ID, digital camera and gaming console, all at once and with a bunch of applications. That and more is what the PMG (Personal
PMG adds two main functions to Bluetooth-enabled phones, according to Edgar Auslander, senior vice president of marketing and strategy at IXI Mobile in
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"We're in discussions with plenty of handset manufacturers and makers of other portable devices and plan to make some announcement soon," said Auslander. "We hope to have PMG-enabled products available in
The extra cost of adding IXI's software to handsets and other gadgets "should be hardly noticeable to users," Auslander said. The technology, he said, will be available mostly in high-end devices, such as Samsung's tri-band SGH-X410 cell phone, a prototype that uses the PMG software.
While Bluetooth technology is designed to connect devices, PMG software provides applications to run over these connections, according to Auslander. "PMG has all the drivers and software components you need to have, say, a cell phone connect to your wristwatch, show the number of an incoming call and let you accept or reject that call," he said.
Customers can download new applications and install them on their phones, much as they do today with drivers and other add-ons supplied by Microsoft for its Windows operating system, Auslander said.
IXI Mobile, which operates a research and development center in Tel Aviv,