Ericsson and Nokia demonstrated devices using Bluetooth radio communications technology here at the Comdex show in Las Vegas today.
Both companies are founding members of the Bluetooth special interest group, which now boasts 1149 members. Bluetooth technology uses radio signals to let devices communicate without wires or line of sight.
Ericsson's first product using the technology, the Bluetooth Headset, is a lightweight wireless earpiece that lets users make or receive calls to their mobile phones without having to take their phone out of their pockets.
The earpiece can connect with the phone - which must be an Ericsson T28, T28 World or R320 phone - at a range of up to 10 metres. The device will be available from mid 2000.
Nokia is demonstrating a data synchronisation system where a Bluetooth battery in a Nokia 6190 handset can communicate invisibly with a Bluetooth PC card in an IBM laptop.
Analyst company IDC predicts that Bluetooth will be used in all notebook computers by the end of 2001.
"Bluetooth is going to be everywhere," said IDC analyst Katrina Dahlquist earlier today.
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