BlueM Brings Bluetooth to Latest Palms (Updated)
TDK Systems is going to demonstrate at Comdex next week a clip-on Bluetooth module that uses Palm's Universal Connector. The company also makes a version for the Palm V series. The BlueM will allow wireless HotSyncing and let the handheld connect to Bluetooth enabled PCs and mobile phones. It will be available in stores in the U.S. around the end of this month for $200. It is already available in Europe.
After a slow start, many Bluetooth-enabled products are finally reaching the market. There are several mobile phone with built-in Bluetooth available in Europe, though these aren't widely available in the U.S. There are several clip-on Bluetooth options for thr V series and a Springboard from Red-M. Palm itself has announced that they will be offering a Bluetooth SD card for $150 by the end of this year and it will be releasing handhelds next year with built-in Bluetooth.
The BlueM uses Palm's Universal Connector (UC), which is on the m500 series and the m125. Palm has promised to use the UC on all future handhelds for several years.
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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