Treocentral has created a "Bluetooth bounty": developers who create a usable Bluetooth stack for the Treo 600 Palm OS based smartphone can enter to win the lot. Read on for instructions.
According to Michael Ducker, "We cannot wait any longer. We want Bluetooth on our Treo 600 and we're willing to pay for it. Sure, we could wait for the "next generation" Treo, which will have built in Bluetooth, but we don't want to have to upgrade our Treos just to add Bluetooth functionality.
So, inspired by TreoCentral user manorton, we are going to put our money to where our mouth is. Manorton has offered $100 for the creation of a Bluetooth driver, and TreoCentral will add another $500 to that. For everyone else, we have created a secure pledge form for people to add their own "two cents" to this pot. Hopefully we can raise more than $1,000. Maybe even $2,000.
Currently there has been $600 pledged for the creation of a working Bluetooth driver for the Treo. Discuss here.
So Treo developers, the challenge is up to you. A working Bluetooth driver is a driver that enables the use of a common Bluetooth SD card (Toshiba's, PalmOne's, or Socket's) in the Treo. However, Bluetooth would be useless without drivers written for certain applications. To win the bounty, this driver must enable the Treo to at minimum wirelessly sync to a desktop and exchange files through Bluetooth. On the advice of TreoCentral member Conrad, we have removed the requirement for the use of headsets. Ideally a driver would work with headsets, allow the Treo to be a bluetooth modem and
enable the use of Bluetooth GPS."
The Bluetooth Bounty will expire on 6 September 2004. Any possible driver must be completed before that date to win the bounty.