Look out for Bluetooth 3 and 4 in 2010-11

Two new Bluetooth versions will emerge by 2011: Bluetooth 3 will introduce 802.11 as a bearer for faster data transmission, and Bluetooth 4 will introduce a new low-energy (LE) mode that will enable communication with external peripherals and sensors.

Other technical improvements in both versions include:

a) Improvement in battery life and security.

b) Bluetooth 3 facilitating corporate and consumer functions demanding large bandwidth (e.g., downloading images and videos from handsets).

c) Bluetooth 4 or LE will enable a range of new sensor-based business models in industries such as fitness, healthcare and environmental control and will be used by handset and PC peripherals to enable new functions, such as PCs that autolock when users move away from them. --------

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