U.S.-based Socket Communications has released a collection of
Compact Flash-based communications products for handheld
computers, including a Bluetooth add-on for Microsoft Windows
The Bluetooth card, announced on Monday, is one of the first to
appear for a PDA (personal digital assistant), taking advantage of
what industry analysts say could prove a killer application for mobile
devices. Bluetooth is designed to replace cables, making it simple
for a PDA to connect to any Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone for
Internet access--a feature which until now has required an infrared
connection or a special cable.
Bluetooth can also be used to connect PDAs, PCs, laptops, mobile
phones and other devices to one another. Sony has launched a
Bluetooth-capable laptop and Toshiba this week will be the first to
release a laptop with both Bluetooth and wireless LAN (otherwise
known as WiFi).
Socket is pricing its Bluetooth Connection Kit at $179.
The kit is currently available in Europe, and will be launched in the
U.S. in October.
Socket also launched several other connectivity CF cards for Pocket
PC, including a 56K modem, a 10/100 Ethernet card and several
additions to its series of cards for connecting via a cable to a mobile
phone. --Matthew Broersma, ZDNet UK