Bluetooth, the comeback kid?


The wireless technology that works in a 30-foot radius has new life. Carmakers hope it will help customers comply with hands-free cell phone legislation, and other companies aim to use it to remove cable clutter in the home and office, reports the Wired News

bq. Computer accessories maker Logitech plans to sell a sleek keyboard and mouse set that connects to PCs without cables. Motorola is launching snazzy high-end cell phones that can be linked to wireless headsets and digital handheld organizers. Carmakers are also hoping to abandon clunky hands-free speaker systems in favor of Bluetooth capabilities. Bluetooth devices are expected to increase about 60 percent in 2004 to 88 million units from 55 million units sold in 2003, according to Gartner. “In the near term, we still see Bluetooth gaining incremental adoption as a cable replacement,” said William Clark, research director at Gartner.

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