RIP, Bluetooth?

— 3:15 AM on October 16, 2003

EE Times is running a provocative editorial on what the apparent demise of Bluetooth. The author doesn't hold back, either:

Bluetooth is dead

There, I've said it. I feel better already. I've been thinking along these lines for more than three years, but that's the first time I've made it public. I'm very rarely inclined to trash such major efforts, but the jury's back, and really has been for a while. Bluetooth is toast, finished, over. Stick a fork in it. It's done.

Bluetooth was always one of those technologies that analysts claimed would be the next big thing, but that never seemed to happen. Now, it looks like 802.11 Wi-Fi chips will replace Bluetooth in the few instances where the technology has had a major impact.
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