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RE: Bluetooth / NFC APIs

From: Nilsson, Claes1 <Claes1.Nilsson@sonyericsson.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Feb 2010 17:07:13 +0100
To: 'Nikolai Onken' <nikolai@uxebu.com>, "public-device-apis@w3.org" <public-device-apis@w3.org>
Message-ID: <6DFA1B20D858A14488A66D6EEDF26AA3232A1FB2E6@seldmbx03.corpusers.net>
Hi Nikolai,

Thanks for this interesting input. Personally I am very interested in APIs for web applications to communicate with external hardware. 

As I have interpreted the resolution of this WG the WG's first delivery should contain simple, "easy to use" APIs to external sensors that support common use cases. See section 4.8 of http://www.w3.org/TR/2010/WD-system-info-api-20100202/. Any comments on this Max (editor of this spec)? 

A more general to access external hardware/sensors is a future work item. See http://www.w3.org/2009/dap/wiki/FutureWork.

Your prototype of a pure web application for heart rate monitoring is covering a common use case. My personal view is that this WG should add APIs for heart rate and step counter sensors to the set of APIs in section 4.8 of the System Information specification.

Others, please comment if you have another view on the WG's resolution on external sensor APIs.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: public-device-apis-request@w3.org [mailto:public-device-apis-
> request@w3.org] On Behalf Of Nikolai Onken
> Sent: måndag den 22 februari 2010 22:48
> To: public-device-apis@w3.org
> Subject: Bluetooth / NFC APIs
> Hi all,
> this is my first post to this group so let me introduce myself first.
> I am contributor of the Dojo Toolkit and co-founder of DojoCampus
> (together with Peter Higgins, Dojo project lead) and active in the
> JavaScript community for several years now.
> I also co-founded the european based company uxebu, where we offer
> JavaScript and mobile consultancy and development services.
> Last month I started a research project (HumanApi.org) which looks at
> APIs in the browser and I have built an application which accesses the
> iPhones bluetooth stack through the browser: http://vimeo.com/8915705
> (A heart rate monitor)
> I am now wondering if there are any drafts of bluetooth or NFC device
> APIs which would allow me to communicate with external hardware.
> If there are, is there help needed to push progress and if not, what
> can I do to discuss the subject and push its development?
> I personally believe that APIs to access hardware would expand the
> fields of usage of the browser by a very large magnitude and would
> allow developers to enter whole new application scenarios.
> Regards,
> Nikolai
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