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Red-M, a supplier of advanced Bluetooth networking products, has just launched the Red-M Blade, a Bluetooth clip-on for the Palm Vx, giving it short-range wireless networking capabilities. Its design allows the handheld to be placed in its cradle without removing the clip-on. Combined with Red-M's BladeLink software, connection in the office, home, or on the road is seamless and automatic. It will be available in retail stores this month for $200.
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RoofusPennymore @ 8/1/2001 4:52:24 PM #
I'd rather have 802.11.

RE: Yawn
I.M. Anonymous @ 8/1/2001 5:12:27 PM #
Right, but you need a big battery pack too!!

connect to what?

I.M. Anonymous @ 8/1/2001 6:05:19 PM #
Anyone actually have any blue teeth lying around the house? Ever actually see any blue tooth stuff at the computer store? What the hell is this going to connect me with? This reminds me of that Dilbert cartoon where he is the first one to buy a video phone and is waiting for someone else to get one and call him.

For now anyway bluetooth is code for utterly useless

RE: connect to what?
I.M. Anonymous @ 8/1/2001 6:59:41 PM #
Maybe for you Yanks but over here in Europe we can buy the Ericsson R520 and T39 phones with Bluetooth. Nice for once to have something before it appears in the States.

RE: connect to what?
frauen1 @ 8/1/2001 8:15:57 PM #
Lots of PC cards are available for bluetooth - don't need the 802.11b access point, it's a little cheaper if you want wireless based on a standard (as opposed to non-standard stuff such as the Acer WarpLink and such). Biggest turn-off is the 1MBit rate - it's a little slow.

Where's my Palm iiic adaptor?
I.M. Anonymous @ 8/1/2001 8:44:26 PM #
Sucks spending megabucks on a pda and none of the cool addons (parachute, wireless modems) fit it. Guess Vx is the 'corporate standard'.

I.M. Anonymous @ 8/1/2001 9:11:51 PM #
You talkin' da me?

I.M. Anonymous @ 8/2/2001 1:24:09 AM #
Your palm should be supporting the Yellow Tooth standard. Geez, I'm joking!

RE: connect to what?
I.M. Anonymous @ 8/2/2001 11:41:14 AM #
1Mbit is not slow. Even 33MHz Dragonball will not be able to saturate a 1Mbit link. And, if the app is written with 'Zen of Palm' in mind, it shouldn't need much bandwidth to perform well.

RE: connect to what?
I.M. Anonymous @ 8/2/2001 1:15:53 PM #
There is no free lunch, you want 11Mb, you need to carry a bigger battery. Bluetooth is designed for slower transmission rate for SOME cases, not all to save cost and battery!! It is not a disadvantage.

too late, too early, and too expensive...

I.M. Anonymous @ 8/2/2001 3:29:45 PM #
It comes:

1)too late: V/Vx is fading out of the market;

2) too early: is anyone actually using bluetooth?

3) too expensive: $200? I doubt how many can they sell.

In fact, I really hope that there is an add-on for V/Vx which can add more memory or accessary (turning my old reliable Vx to M500-like).... anyone has an idea who is doing it now?



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