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IrDA: past, present and future

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1 Author(s)
Williams, S. ; Hewlett-Packard Lab., Bristol, UK

The core Internet technologies were in the hands of the research community 10 or more years before the World Wide Web happened and popularized the Internet as a place to find information, access service, and trade. The Infrared Data Association has been in existence for over six years. Products embedding the communication technology the IrDA defines have been around for over five years, starting with printers and portable PCs. IrDA is cheap to embed, uses unregulated spectrum, and is increasingly pervasive in a wide range of devices. From its roots in portable PCs and printers, IrDA technology is present in virtually all new PDAs, it is emerging in mobile phones, pagers, digital cameras, and image capture devices. We are sitting on the cusp of the information appliance age, and IrDA is playing a significant role in enabling the interaction between information appliances, between information appliances and the information infrastructure, and between appliances communicating across the information infrastructure. This article discusses IrDA's communications model. It charts the evolution of the IrDA-Data (1.x) platform architecture, and the early applications and application services now in common Use. It considers the present day and the explosion in device categories embedding the IrDA platform. It broadens its horizons to consider other emerging appliances technologies and to consider communications models that might arise from a blend of IrDA short-range wireless communications and mobile object technologies. Finally, it considers future directions for the IrDA platform itself

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Personal Communications, IEEE  (Volume:7 ,  Issue: 1 )