One emerging wireless technology called
Bluetooth will make mobile devices as standard as a stethoscope.
Oddly named after a Danish king who ruled a thousand years ago,
Bluetooth is a short-range wireless local area network operating
on the 2.4 GHz frequency that facilitates communications between
enabled devices within 35 feet of each other. Bluetooth uses radio
technology to transmit voice and data, thus eliminating cables.
Unlike infrared, line-of-sight requirements do not limit
Bluetooth, and at up to 2MB per second, the data-transmission rate
is much greater. With this technology, a single device can connect
with up to 200 others and automatically share information.
Bluetooth users literally can synchronize all of their enabled
devices simply by entering the room. The organization working to
develop this technology is the Bluetooth Special Interest Group.
They are an industry group consisting of leaders in the
telecommunications, computing, and networking industries that are
driving development of the technology and bringing it to market.
What new applications will Bluetooth enable?