TDK's teeth are turning blue

Bluetooth has been hyped until it's blue in the face, but there has been a slow reaction from manufacturers to actually bring products to market that take advantage of the wireless data transfer mechanism. At last they are starting to fill space on retail shelves.

Hardware vendor TDK has just launched its first Bluetooth product, Blue5, in conjunction with Swedish mobile technology group Tactel. The product enables wireless dial-up networking, remote access and e-mail applications for Palm V handheld devices.

The product attaches to the back of Palm V and Palm Vx series PDAs and will enable users to "hot-sync" to notebooks and desktop PCs as well as access Internet, intranets and e-mail applications.

The product is distributed in Australia by Advanced Portable Technologies and retails for $499.