The message from this year's Comdex Expo in Las Vegas is that Internet access will be everywhere, not just on your desktop. And one of the infant technologies that will help you do it is Bluetooth.
The idea is that in the next century, the PC will lose some of its power to a plethora of devices that will wire our daily lives. Bluetooth is being touted as the standard that will get us connected.
Bluetooth was rolled out in July and is basically a short-distance (around 7-8 metres) radio-frequency wireless connection developed by heavyweights Nokia, IBM, Toshiba, Intel and Ericsson to enable mobile devices to talk to each other.
Here at Comdex, chipset designers are pledging their allegiance to Bluetooth, including Philips Semiconductor, Lucent Technologies, Microelectronics and Silicon Wave.
Industry watchers here, however, maintain that Bluetooth is unlikely to go mainstream until Microsoft takes up the cause. According to a Microsoft spokesperson, the software giant is still evaluating the technology.
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