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Bluetooth wireless communication is poised to have a major effect on the computing and telecommunications industries. Analysts' projections vary, but many indicate the likelihood of large volumes (perhaps one billion or so) of Bluetooth devices in the marketplace over the next several years. This future success seems more likely if a "killer app" emerges for some of the first devices to reach the market. Although the Bluetooth technology enables many exciting possibilities, it is my opinion that a single killer app is unlikely to emerge. Rather, well-executed implementations of relatively simple-usage cases, such as those described in the version 1.0 profiles, are the likely enablers of the technology's success. Thus, it is this set of applications that may function as the "killer."

Bluetooth is a trademark owned by Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson, Sweden, and licensed to promoters, associates, and adopters of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group.

IBM is a registered trademark of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States, other countries, or both.

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