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Bluetooth Beyond Mobile Phones: What is Next?

Short-range Bluetooth technology, which to date has most prevalently inundated the market of mobile headsets, wasn't solely designed for cell phones. In fact, the technology has also sprung up in devices including laptops, digital cameras, GPS receivers, PCs, video game consoles and printers. But what's next beyond what's already here and who's promising to deliver these new killer apps?
Just as streaming music has so prominently found its way online to the traditional Internet, so will it invade cell phones with the assistance of Bluetooth technology. Japan's Chaku Uta is one example.
As well, software called Remuco is designed to allow you to remotely access a Linux music player of your choice on a mobile device using Bluetooth.
We will also see Bluetooth information points, which will further spread the adoption of Bluetooth into mobile phones. Bluetooth information points will be based around users pulling information from them rather than around the push model that's used today.
Bluetooth push marketing will also mean you can receive content (such as ringtones, wallpapers, coupons, etc.) from access points on billboards, at malls or at sporting events.
Following Bluetooth version 2.1, Bluetooth will also graduate to Bluetooth version 3.0, which is currently being code-named "Seattle". Its major improvement is the adoption of ultra-wideband radio technology, which will unlock faster data transfers as swift as 480 Mbps.
As it's often illegal to talk on cell phones while driving or it's widely considered unsafe even if you're allowed, Bluetooth is also invading cars. Ford Motor Co. and [url=]Microsoft[/url] have recently created SYNC, which is a voice-activated system so consumers can play music and make phone calls using simple voice commands.
Of course, the purpose is to free up your hands so you can focus on driving. Even with Bluetooth unshackling your hands, though, where your attention ultimately lies is another story.
Whereas China and Japan are always several years ahead of the U.S. and consumers there are already familiar with using their cell phones as a credit card, Bluetooth will also allow U.S. consumers to turn their cell phones into mobile credit cards to pay at soda machines and for other consumables.
Bluetooth is also finding its way into a horde of other kinds of consumer products. Hearing aids using Bluetooth technology in conjunction with cell phones promise better audio quality without the feedback typically associated with the devices. Starkey Laboratories is working in this pursuit.
Bluetooth technology from A&D; Medical will even help you record your blood pressure from home and securely beam it to your doctor. In addition, the companies CSR and Sensory, Inc. are developing speech recognition for Bluetooth headsets and [url=]car kits[/url] so consumers can speak naturally and issue voice commands for certain functions.
Even more, a service called Trans Send will make it so Internet content (such as images, directions and contacts) can be sent without hassle and without wires from a Bluetooth PC to a Bluetooth cell phone.
With new Bluetooth innovations being envisioned any time a technology pain needs healing, handheld gaming devices and video game consoles (such as Nintendo's Wii console and PlayStation 3) are now supporting Bluetooth controllers for fun camaraderie without wires.


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