February 1st, 2005

Prognostication validation!

I was amused to find out about GPS:Tron - which lets you play the classic light cycle game in real time - and in real space.
After the game has been started, the phone searches for a Bluetooth GPS receiver to communicate with. This receiver sends the current GPS-data to the phone. The GPS-receiver itself calculates the current position by analysing the signals received from 2 or more GPS satellites.

To exchange the position data between the handsets, they both connect to a game-server on the Internet which forwards the data to the other phone. The connection runs initially over the air (GSM) to the mobile access provider, then via Internet to the game-server.

Seriously neat!

It reminds me of an article I wrote a few years ago for the short lived Bluetooth World magazine...

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Which reminds me. I apologise for predicting the Nokia N-Gage in that article. Sometimes reality gets in the way of neat ideas...
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