Toy Box: Bluetooth gets bite

The age of Bluetooth is upon us but, like USB before it, and probably Firewire after it, we're still waiting for the devices to make it work.

The age of Bluetooth is upon us but, like USB before it, and probably Firewire after it, we’re still waiting for the devices to make it work.

I mean, you might like the idea of a frequency-agile wireless connectivity tool that will allow you to print from your laptop without having to sort out drivers, dongles and all that jazz, but, frankly, are you going to rush out and upgrade all your gear to Bluetooth-equipped standards just to do that? If you are, can I come and work for you? You clearly have more money than you know what to do with.

In the interim, until your HR department processes my application at any rate, 3Com has come out with a Bluetooth add-on that connects into the back of your printer and either into a USB port on your desktop or into a slot on your notebook. And as if by magic (ding!) you’re connected. Expect the retail price to be around $480. The next stop for 3Com will be to sell just the printer dongle part (which can run off the printer’s own power supply on most models) as a standalone item for all those juicy notebooks that are on their way with WiFi, Bluetooth and CDMA built in. Nice.

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