Electronics Unplugged: Bluetooth Technology Becoming Reality in Cellphones, Printers, PDAs, Headsets
News Factor: That rat’s nest of cables crammed behind your computer was supposed to be a thing of the past by now. For several years, industry pundits have predicted salvation would arrive via Bluetooth, a cheap radio technology that lets cell phones, notebooks and other devices speak to each other wirelessly within a 30-foot radius.
But only now, after fits and starts, are consumers seeing the first easy-to-use Bluetooth products hit store shelves.
“The next 24 months are going to be a very exciting time,” said Mike McCamon, executive director of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group, which is shepherding the worldwide rollout of the technology. “We’re getting there.”
Recently, the research firm IDC predicted that revenue from Bluetooth-related products would grow worldwide from $76.6 million in 2001 to $2.6 billion in 2006, with widespread adoption beginning next year. (full story)
My spin: Wireless connectivity enables end users to work much more producitivty and be flexibily connected to their data. However, if the wireless service goes down a “wired” back up plan is essential.