Anycom Prepping Bluetooth Products for Handhelds
The number of clip-on sleds that add Bluetooth functionality to the Palm V series is growing. Anycom is planning to release the BlueJacket at the end of October. It allows wireless HotSyncing, file transfer, and printing. At this time, they estimate it will cost around $200.
The BlueJacket offers built-in authentication, 128-bit encryption, and three-level, user-defined security options and a range of 33 feet. In addition, each BlueJacket comes with a software suite including Palmfax, Eudora, and Ennotate.
In conjunction with a Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone, of which there are several now available, users can do wireless networking from anywhere.
It is powered by built-in rechargeable batteries and can be used continuously for more than 10 hours. The Palm V and BlueJacket can be simultaneously charged with the power adapter included with the Palm. It weighs 4 ounces.
They are also early in the process of developing a version for the Handspring Visor.
Anycom is currently closely monitoring the Sony Clié market to determine the viability of making a Bluetooth solution for this handheld as well.
Since Palm is making the Bluetooth SD card, Anycom decided to not compete with them and there won't be a version for the m500.
Bluetooth PC Card and printer module products made by Anycom are available today.
Bluetooth is a specification for a small form-factor, low-cost, radio connection providing links between mobile computers, mobile phones and other portable and handheld devices, and connectivity to the Internet. The Bluetooth Special Interest Group, made up of leaders in the telecommunications, computing, and network industries, is driving development of the technology and bringing it to market. The Bluetooth SIG includes promoter companies 3Com, Ericsson, IBM, Intel, Lucent, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia, Palm and Toshiba, and more than 1,800 adopter companies.
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