Red-M Intros Bluetooth Springboard
Red-M will begin selling a Bluetooth Springboard module later this month. It's small enough that using it doesn't make the Visor either thicker or taller. It allows users to connect via a Bluetooth access point to a network or PC or even another Bluetooth-enabled handheld or mobile phone. It will be in retail stores for $180.
It runs off power from the Visor. Red-M estimates the combination will run for two days with typical use. It will work with the Visor Edge, Prism, Platinum, Pro, and Neo.
This is another member of Red-M's Blade line of Bluetooth products. They already sell a version that works with the Palm Vx that is $150.
Simon Gawne, Vice President and co-founder of Red-M, adds, “The Red-M Blade product family underlines Red-M’s commitment to driving widespread wireless adoption. The new Red-M Blade gives Handspring users the ability to access a wide variety of information quickly and easily wherever they are, a facility which can only enhance the popularity of Handspring PDA’s as business and leisure tools.”
Bluetooth is the name of a short-range radio frequency (RF) technology that replaces cables. Bluetooth allows computers, peripherals, and other devices to communicate with each other without having a physical connection, or direct line-of-sight with each other, and without needing extra communication protocols. Bluetooth technology operates at 2.4 GHz and is capable of transmitting voice and data. The effective range of Bluetooth devices is 32 feet (10 meters). Bluetooth transfers data at the rate of 1 Mbps, which is from three to eight times the average speed of parallel and serial ports, respectively. Bluetooth technology allows users to create a PAN (Personal Area Network) in which they can synchronize data with handhelds and PCs, and access data and E-mail on handhelds remotely with the use of a Bluetooth enabled cellular phone.
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