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TDK launches clip-on Bluetooth device for Palm

TDK is shipping its first Bluetooth-enabled clip-on device for some Palm handheld devices.

The device, which was announced yesterday, is called the blueM and has a thin sled design and slides on to the back of the Palm, connecting via the docking port on the bottom of the handheld. It allows the device to communicate with any Bluetooth-enabled device, including PCs, notebooks, printers and handhelds, TDK said.

The blueM will be shown at the Comdex tradeshow in Las Vegas next week but is already shipping here in Europe.

Bluetooth is a standard for short-distance wireless communications, or wireless PANs (personal area networks), which connect devices at speeds of up to 1Mbps (megabit per second).

Palm users can connect the device to the PDA (personal digital assistant) and use it in combination with any other device that uses the Bluetooth wireless standard. Users can print on a Bluetooth printer, synchronise the handheld with a PC, or use a Bluetooth-enabled phone as a modem.

The 28g blueM attaches to the back of Palm's m500, m505 and m125 handhelds, as well as to IBM C500 devices, TDK said. It can also be configured to launch any Palm m500 series application with a single button, said the company.

The blueM costs £149.


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