With headings such as "The Coronation of King Bluetooth?", the
GartnerGroup predict that in year 2004, 40 % of all electronic trading will be done using handheld terminals. And the wireless technique will be very important, in order for the e-trading to take off. This area is perfectly suited for Bluetooth, and Bluetooth will in all probability be the dominating technique for wireless communication for handheld terminals. In the EU-countries, handheld terminals are expected to have 75% of the market. USA lags somewhat behind when it comes to wireless datacommunication and the use of handheld terminals.|
Not much will happen with Bluetooth, however, until mid-2000, when the first generation of devices becomes available.
The Compliance Issue
Compliance between wireless devices is an essential tenet of the Bluetooth technology. In theory, a user with a Bluetooth radio device manufactured by one company should be able to link to another device manufactured by another supplier. Without this level of
connectivity, it would (of course) be impossible for a corporate user to buy Bluetooth equipment that would work with other Bluetooth equipment.
Apart from this; if prices can be kept on a competitive level, we will soon very likely see a rapid switchover from wire-connected to wireless appendages to new computers, both at the workplace and in the home. The mobility and ability to dynamic reconfiguration "on the go" between units are attributes that will be widely appreciated.
What equipment is available today on the market? The members of the
Bluetooth Special Interest Group" provide more or less accurate information about their respective products on their websites. As of this writing, there are no consumer products available yet.
NEC has, for instance, developed a prototype notebook computer that could be the first to use the Bluetooth wireless data technology. NEC displayed a prototype of the notebook at CeBIT in February 2000. It features National Semiconductor's chips.
For further info about products, visit Ericsson´s Bluetooth website.