Ericsson has announced a new gadget that will let stores, information kiosks or advertisements beam information via the Bluetooth wireless communication technology to handheld computers, cell phones and other mobile devices. The Bluetooth Local Infotainment Point, or Blip, will be launched later this year.
Ericsson foresees a time when people with Bluetooth-enabled devices will be able to easily download coupons or watch videos when they walk near the Blip device. The machine runs uCLinux, a version of the Linux operating system for small gadgets that is supported by Red Hat and Lineo. Ericsson will offer software kits to help people program the device to their own needs.