Communications giants Ericsson and Nokia are collaborating with Intel, IBM and Toshiba to rid mobile PCs and other text devices of wires, but still enable them to receive emails.
The group is finetuning a short range radio technology - codenamed Blue Tooth - to be activated by all mobile devices. It can be used to enable tools, which usually need to be plugged into a phone socket or physically connected to a mobile phone, to send and receive data and images. The cables are replaced by radio technology which is activated by special chips inside each device.
The technology can also be used in other systems such as printers, fax machines, digital cameras, and possibly in car radios, to enable these devices to receive messages or images. The devices can be up to 10 metres away from each other. However Blue Tooth will not work in aeroplanes.
The group said it would take up to a year to fully develop the technology with the first products carrying the processor due in the second quarter of 1999. The radio chip is expected to be priced at below $10, but add-on devices will be available for existing systems without the processor.
Yrjo Neuvo, Nokia?s senior vice president of product creation, said: ?Both the product range and intelligence of portable electronics are growing at explosive rates. Blue Tooth brings the next wave in this arena: intuitive wireless internetworking.?
Blue Tooth will use the unlicensed 2.4GHz frequency and will have a 1milliwatt transmitter power.
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