Two new products: Bluetooth for Palm and a cradle for the Treo

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Two new products: Bluetooth for Palm and a cradle for the Treo Today officially marked the announcement of two much anticipated products. Palm released the SD Bluetooth expansion card and Handspring finally released a USB cradle for the Treo series. There s not a lot of magic behind the Treo USB cradle, but it is something that should have been included with the device. Well, it wasn t and it will cost you $50 if you want one. I wouldn t recommend the purchase, but if you need the power cable for traveling or home, it might be nice to have the cradle for work. Handspring Treo USB Cradle The Palm SD Bluetooth card is by far the more interesting announcement of the day. The SDIO expansion card enables you to wirelessly link your handheld to any other Bluetooth-enabled device located within a 30 foot (10 meter) radius. There are a number of cell phones that have this ability already. If you have one, you can use your phone as a modem, allowing wireless (and cable-less) access for web browsing and email. What s more, you can dial the phone directly simply by tapping the entry in your address book very cool. The packaged software also adds a new twist to instant messaging and idea sharing. The included BlueBoard software lets you use your Memo Pad application to quickly share ideas with up to four users simultaneously. Or, click on BlueChat to carry on up to four different one-on-one chats. While I think the adoption rate for Bluetooth is still quite low, this price point ($130) and the extra software might snag a few more buyers than expected. Palm Pilot Palm Bluetooth SDIO Card Brian



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