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InfoWorld: IBM shows glimpses of Bluetooth future

Dec 08, 2000, 14:24 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Lawson)

"IBM is spreading its development resources widely in search of Bluetooth-enabled devices that users will embrace as part of their personal area networks, an IBM engineer Wednesday told attendees at the Bluetooth Developers Conference here. "We can count on a large number of devices showing up on the market in the next few years," said John Karidis, distinguished engineer in the Personal Systems Group at IBM. Not all of these devices will succeed, but developers should "experiment with as many ideas as you have time for," Karidis said."

"IBM, of Armonk, N.Y. is working on a range of innovations, including the WatchPad, a wristwatch with a high-resolution touchscreen, and CyberPhone-2, a lightweight cell phone that can project data onto a small mirror the user can look at while talking. Karidis showed prototypes of the devices during a keynote address at the conference."

"Researchers at IBM Japan have developed a prototype motherboard for the watch, about 1.25 inches across, with 8MB of DRAM. It runs a version of embedded Linux. The device could be commercialized within two years, Karidis said in an interview Wednesday."

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