Logitech showed during the IDG's DEMOmobile conference their new Bluetooth mouse and keyboard devices. These two new Bluetooth products come with a hub for wireless connectivity between a desktop PC and Bluetooth mobile devices.
"Logitech has used Bluetooth to create a wireless bridge between the PC and other Bluetooth devices," said David Henry, senior vice president and general manager of Control Devices at Logitech. "As these products enter the marketplace, we believe customers will be particularly pleased with the ability to wirelessly synchronize information between the desktop PC and a mobile phone or a PDA. People will even be able to receive an SMS text message on their mobile phone and respond to it using their desktop PC, as well as back up their phone's address book. Moving forward, we expect the list of capabilities to expand as more Bluetooth devices hit the marketplace."
IDC forecasts that by 2007 more than 433 million Bluetooth devices will ship worldwide, an estimated market penetration of 74%. "With the adoption of these devices, the potential to connect and exchange data with the PC, where the majority of an individual's important information now resides, will only increase," said Alex Slawsby, research analyst for mobile devices at IDC. "Products with the capability of acting as a Bluetooth wireless hub will serve the need to wirelessly exchange data between the PC and Bluetooth mobile devices."
The Logitech MX900 is a Bluetooth mouse with an advanced optical sensor and a charging cradle that acts as a Bluetooth hub, providing the ability for mobile devices to exchange and share information with the personal computer, without cords. The Logitech Cordless Desktop MX for Bluetooth is a Bluetooth keyboard and a Bluetooth optical mouse with a Bluetooth hub.
The Logitech product doesn't specify which profiles are available, but the scenarios give us a hint. almost all possible profiles are there:
The two products reduce cord clutter by untethering the mouse (or the keyboard and mouse) and even any Bluetooth printers from the desktop PC.
Wirelessly synchronizing information (e.g., address book, calendar) stored on a mobile phone or PDA with a desktop PC.
Managing Short Message Service (SMS) text messages directly from your PC with the bundled Logitech Mobile Phone Suite for Bluetooth. The onscreen SMS notification feature keeps continuous communications simple by providing the ability to use the PC to respond to messages sent to the mobile phone.
Enabling you to wirelessly download pictures taken from a camera-equipped, Bluetooth mobile phone to a PC.
Using a Bluetooth wireless headset, such as the new Logitech Mobile Bluetooth Headset, with the PC.
"Bluetooth is the most promising and appropriate technology for wirelessly connecting mobile devices to each other and to the PC," said Denis Pavillard, director of product marketing for keyboards at Logitech. "The technology has matured and Bluetooth devices are proliferating around the world. So the time is right for Logitech to offer these Bluetooth control centers. Because the concepts are new, and the user experience for connecting each type of device varies, user education is key. We consider our target customers to be technology enthusiasts who like to get in on the ground floor with new technologies. To support these pioneering customers, the Logitech Web site is becoming a resource center for learning how to connect compatible Bluetooth devices to a PC."
Both the Logitech Cordless Desktop MX for Bluetooth and the MX900 Bluetooth mouse are compatible with the Windows 2000 and Windows XP operating systems.
Logitech also introduced their Bluetooth headset, but did not specify on the release or website if it works with Nokia phones (handsfree profile) or not (headset profile).