HP DeskJet, LaserJet, PhotoSmart, OmniBook, Jornada, Business Desktop PC and JetDirect Divisions to Support Bluetooth

  • Written By: P. Hayes
  • Published: May 17 2000

HP DeskJet, LaserJet, PhotoSmart, OmniBook, Jornada, Business Desktop PC and JetDirect Divisions to Support Bluetooth
P. Hayes - May 17, 2000

Event Summary

Hewlett-Packard Company said it will lead the development of printing profiles for the Bluetooth wireless technology, an emerging standard in wireless communication. HP, already a Bluetooth Adopter, will assume Associate status in the Bluetooth Special Interest Group, and will use its expertise in printing and imaging to help drive Bluetooth into new consumer segments.

The technology, which makes omni-directional, non-line-of-sight transmission possible, will make pervasive wireless connectivity a reality. For example, travelers could print text messages from their cell phones to an airline-club fax machine, or they could print a map from a PDA to a gas station kiosk complete with printer.

Market Impact

Bluetooth is a wireless, low cost radio solution, which allows small devices such as PDAs, cell phones, and palm tops to communicate between each other and to the Internet. The technology will also be taken to the desktop so that printers or scanners can communicate with desktop computers (at short range) without wires, thereby enhancing ease of use and reducing wiring headaches. The concept has been termed Personal Area Network or PAN.

Hewlett Packard will integrate Bluetooth technology into its printing division, consisting of the DeskJet, the LaserJet and JetDirect cards, in addition to the palm-top Jornada, the OmniBook laptop offering and the business line desktops consisting of the Vectra and Kayak lines.

User Recommendations

The consumer and business markets have heard a lot of hype in regards to Bluetooth, and now it seems to be taking hold. Estimates place the number of Bluetooth enabled devices at 400 Million prior to 2005. HP is leading the way by taking action and implementing Bluetooth technology into a wide array of product offerings. HP's name has always been synonymous with technological development and engineering and will pave the way for other hardware vendors to jump into the manufacturing of Bluetooth enabled devices.

We expect the initial products to be fairly expensive, but expect costs for Bluetooth enabled devices to fall drastically by 2004. We suggest users hold off implementing Bluetooth technology until such a time as the technology is not only financially viable, but necessary for integration purposes and capabilities. However, if you are a 'gadget-fiend' you may not be able to resist, and you won't be disappointed!

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