Intel and Bluetooth

By John Quain  |  Posted 2004-03-05 Print this article Print

To begin with, Intel demonstrated a flashy, flat-panel prototype PC it calls Florence. The glossy black machine features built-in biometric fingerprint recognition, high-def audio and video conferencing. But what caught my eye was a wafer-thin wireless keyboard and a VOIP cell handset that were also part of Florence. Both the handset and keypad use Bluetooth. Next up on the roster, Intels recently announced 3G platform. The company made it crystal clear that it thinks PDAs are out and smart phones are in. So Intel is pushing a 3G solution that includes not only Wi-Fi but also Bluetooth. And while they still are being coy about what flavor of Wi-Fi will be in the initial chipsets, they are certain that Bluetooth will be part of the package. Thats good news for the likes of DaimlerChrysler who have been offering built-in handsfree Bluetooth systems in some of their cars. And for smartphones it means better functionality.
So what have we got in terms of a prognosis? If you put Intels prototype desktop together with the Intel-based smart phones coming out this year, youve got a nice Bluetooth connection. True, many of the desktop systems Intel uses to tout its technology never see the light of day. On the other hand, Logitech hasnt had much trouble adding Bluetooth support to PCs (okay, never mind about Microsofts problems in this regard).
As for me, warchalking, channel contention, and even neighbors who take free rides on my network havent stopped me from using Wi-Fi. So Im not going to start worrying about Bluesnarfing now. Check out eWEEKs Mobile & Wireless Center at for the latest news, reviews and analysis.
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John Quain John Quain is the Wireless Center Editor and wireless columnist for Ziff Davis Media. He is also the on-air Computer Consultant for CBS News, appearing regularly on the network's overnight newscast Up to the Minute for over 7 years. In addition, Quain does occasional reports for CBS News The Early Show and has been reporting on technology and related business and entertainment news for over 20 years. Quain has appeared regularly on ABC News, CNN, CNNfn, MSNBC, and CNBC.

In addition to his online and on-air work, Quain currently contributes articles about computers, the Internet, consumer electronics, and technology to PC Magazine, Popular Science, Esquire, and The New York Times. Other publications Quain contributes to include Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Men's Journal, Tech Edge, and Good Housekeeping.

Past positions Quain has held include working as a Contributing Editor at Fast Company magazine for 4 years and at PC Magazine for 9 years. He also wrote a technology column for Brill's Content magazine, was the gadgets columnist at My Generation magazine, was the daily Internet columnist for Time Warner's Pathfinder, and was the computer columnist at The Globe and Mail newspaper.


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