Bluetooth for Game Boy

— 4:27 AM on August 6, 2002

Bluetooth support is coming to Nintendo's Game Boy, potentially turning the device into much more than just a handheld gaming platform.

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. — A small startup here has tucked a Bluetooth RF transceiver and protocol-translation FPGA into a cartridge format compatible with the Nintendo Game Boy Color and Advance platforms. X-Tra Fun Inc.'s intent is not just to provide a Bluetooth link between gamers in one room, but to turn the Game Boy platform into a de facto PDA. The handheld game device would be able to synchronize with a Bluetooth-enabled PC, send and receive e-mail, send text messages to a cell phone and, eventually, receive streaming video at several tens of frames per second.
Wireless network gaming would certainly be a welcomed add-on for Game Boy fans, especially for Game Boy Advanced titles like Doom, which already supports multiple players via a Game Link cable.

I'm a little more skeptical of just how useful email, text messaging, and other business applications will be on a device with such a limited input interface. Still, I have to admit that potentially interfacing with Lego's Mindstorms environment makes me feel all tingly inside.

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