Bluetooth fails to arrive again

Bluetooth, the wireless technology which was predicted to take the world by storm last Christmas, is once again struggling to...

Bluetooth, the wireless technology which was predicted to take the world by storm last Christmas, is once again struggling to meet its promise, with products predicted to appear this month failing to arrive, writes Eric Doyle.

Although firms such as Ericsson and Sony have ensured a Bluetooth presence with cable-free headsets and computer interfaces, there is a delay while companies get their systems certified.

The Bluetooth Qualification Programme was introduced to ensure compatibility between different manufacturers' products and allow personal area networks to comprise elements from diverse companies. The key to this is the network protocol stack profile, which has to meet the Bluetooth standard.

The problem is that until there is a range of Bluetooth products, no-one will take it seriously and the attention being paid to the Lan-aware IEEE 802.11b standard in the US is becoming a distraction.

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