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    HI ALL, I JUST FOUND THIS ON THE WALL ST JOURNAL'S SITE, IT IS FROM THE ASSOC PRESS. IT SOUND AS IF IT WILL BE GREAT NEWS FOR THE NEAR FUTURE. TAKE CARE, JAY
    Bluetooth Group Adopts
    Ultrafast Radio Technology

    ASSOCIATED PRESS
    March 29, 2006

    The Bluetooth wireless standard used in cellphones and other small devices will take a leap in transmission speed, broadening its scope to enable high-definition video and files for digital music players such as the iPod.

    The industry group behind Bluetooth said yesterday that it would boost transfer speeds in the next few years by incorporating a new radio technology, known as ultra-wideband, or UWB.

    Currently, Bluetooth works only for low-speed uses such as headsets and wireless keyboards. UWB, which has yet to appear in consumer devices, enables wireless transmissions at speeds equivalent to USB or FireWire cables at distances of as much as 10 feet.

    The first products with high-speed Bluetooth may show up late next year, with wider availability in 2008, said Michael Foley, executive director of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group.

    UWB is developed by another industry group, the WiMedia Alliance, which includes Intel Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co. and Microsoft Corp.

    Its linkup with Bluetooth will provide a way for devices with UWB hardware to identify each other and communicate. For instance, a phone with Bluetooth can recognize a headset and know that it receives and sends audio data.

    "There's a convergence between three major sectors: personal computing, consumer electronics and cellphones," said Stephen Wood, president of the WiMedia Alliance.

    These devices all need the ability to send large files, Mr. Wood said. For instance, a videocamera with WiMedia technology could transmit high-definition video wirelessly to a TV set in the same room.
    Please Support Research into Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain and Spinal Injuries. If You Suffer from These, Consider Joining or Better Yet Forming a Support Group. No One Should Suffer from the Burden of Chronic Pain, Jay M. S. Founder, Leesburg Fibromyalgia/Resources Group
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    Bless you for the Fibromyalgia work you are promoting in your signature.

    This new higher speed BT is the technology we were promised this to be about 5 years ago. Good to see they are finally getting this going. I can not wait to eliminate the cables. The one part i see as the hold up is Best Buy and the other big box retailers make tons of money off the cables (HDMI $125+ for instance when an Upconverting DVD player you use the cable with is $90, does this make sense?) so they will resist this move.
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    More info here:

    http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2006/03...h_uwb_wimedia/

    They have been updating this info frequently and there's an article previously posted here from teh site about BT replacing WiFi.

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