The Zigbee alliance on Tuesday ratified the Zigbee 1.0 specification, launching the first inception of the wireless standard into existence. Following the usual slew of delays.
What is Zigbee? The technical version:
Zigbee uses the same 2.4GHz radio band as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Although the standard offers less bandwidth than Bluetooth it consumes far less power, making it more suitable for devices that need to constantly transmit data. It has a range of up to 30 metres. The technology has mostly been portrayed as one for industrial sensors.
What is Zigbee? The practical version:
Next to Wifi, Zigbee is the other nail in Bluetooth's coffin. It takes away Bluetooth's potential to conquer the market for sensor networks in industrial environments. Zigbee leaves Bluetooth in its current market niche for wireless headsets (only used by people who don't mind looking like an über-nerd – even users in nerdville Silicon Valley shy away from the horrible looks of the devices).
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