The Bluetooth Special Interest Group has announced that shipments of Bluetooth products exceeded one million units per week in the third quarter of 2003. While some consumers may still be unaware of this wireless technology, the Bluetooth SIG says acceptance is growing at a steady rate.
This may be due in part to the Five Minute Ready campaign launched last December, which urged manufacturers of Bluetooth products to improve the user experience to the point that it should require no more than five minutes to connect Bluetooth devices out of the box.
Bluetooth wireless connection technology is now available in a variety of portable products, including cellular phones, handhelds, printers, laptop computers, and accessories such as headsets, keyboards, and mice.
Notable new offerings include laptops from IBM, Toshiba, Dell, Sony, and Apple, keyboards and mice from Logitech and Apple, and handhelds from Palm, HP, Tapwave, and Nokia.
Auto manufacturers such as Toyota/Lexus, Ford/Lincoln, Audi, Acura, and DaimlerChrysler have also announced plans to incoporate Bluetooth technology into their automobiles, enabling drivers to have a completely hands-free wireless calling experience.
For more information about this development, as well as general information about Bluetooth wireless technology or the Bluetooth Special Interest Group, visit the Bluetooth web site.