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Bluecasting arrives at TechEd

Bluecasting arrives at TechEd

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TechEd starts tomorrow, and we’re setup for Bluecasting.   “What the heck is bluecasting?” you ask?

It’s a new way to deliver content wirelessly to Bluetooth-enabled devices.   We’re trying it out here for the first time at Microsoft.

We’re pushing out audio, video and graphics to your mobile phone.  It’s really pretty cool use of Bluetooth and mobile technology.

Setup was today.   Tom Korczak, Bluecasting guy from Filter (the company who invented Bluecasting) flew in from London, and he setup all six of our Bluecasting stations. 

 

To participate, you need to turn your Bluetooth setting to Discoverable (or some phones say “make visible”).   When you get within range (about 100 feet) of a Bluecasting station, you’ll be asked if you want to accept/download whatever content the station is delivering on that day. 

 

We have Bluecasting stations at:

1)      TechEd bookstore

2)      Virtual TechEd lounge

3)      Online Media booth in the Resources Zone of the Technical Learning Center (you can win one of six Zunes here during the week, so make sure and download this podcast!)

4)      Windows Mobile booth

5)      Outside birds of a feather area

6)      Outside Certification exam area

 

Give it a whirl and let me know what you think.   I’ve got a new Samsung Blackjack phone, and it was fun to download the podcasts today when we were setting up.   It really worked. Will be interesting to see if there are issues when there’s lots of us trying to download content simultaneously tomorrow during the day.   The server is supposed to handle about 10-20 simultaneous connections without delay.   

 

Dean Andrews
Emerging Media guy on the Online Media team

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