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The clip-on tool, called blueM, allows handhelds to communicate with any Bluetooth-enabled device, including PCs, notebooks and printers. BlueM will be unveiled at next week's Comdex trade show in Las Vegas, but is already shipping in Europe. The device will appear in US retail outlets by the end of this month.
Bluetooth is a standard for short-distance wireless communications, or wireless personal area networks (PANs), which connect devices at speeds of up to 1Mbps (bits per second) and distances of up to 10m.
Palm users can connect blueM to the personal digital assistant (PDA) and use it in combination with any device that uses the Bluetooth standard. Users can print on a Bluetooth printer, synchronise the handheld with a PC, or use a Bluetooth-enabled telephone as a modem, said a Palm spokeswoman.
BlueM attaches to the back of Palm's m500, m505 and m125 handhelds, as well as to IBM C500 devices. The device, which costs £149, can also be configured to launch any Palm m500 series application.