Bluetooth, at 10
It’s been a long, wireless journey since the days when ’40s film actress Hedy Lamarr co-invented frequency-hopping technology to foil the Nazis. The pace of the trip, though, has certainly picked up in the 10 years since the birth of Bluetooth.
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) took note of both these seminal events in New York City yesterday, where it gave its member companies the opportunity to show off their latest Bluetooth products. Here’s some of what was shown at Tavern on the Green, where the mini-convention was held:
• GoldLantern CEO George Stepancich said his company would change its branding designation to GL and that the change would now begin propagating throughout all packaging. He demonstrated a Bluetooth-compatible 15-inch digital picture frame offering 1024x768 resolution (available in Q4 at around $349 MSRP). Its 1GB memory will be able to hold several hundred images. Stepanicich said the business model for digital frames is migrating toward larger models that offer more functionality, such as the ability to play video clips. Also on display from GoldLantern: the GL Freedom, an A2DP Bluetooth speaker that is also a speakerphone and can clip onto a car seatbelt ($79). A GMS watch phone with a camera, awaiting FCC certification, was also shown (Q4; $499).