Of Mobile Birth

You Talkin' To Me?

By first quarter 2001, Bluetooth cards should join hundreds of other add-ons already being sold through online catalogs such as iGo and Hand-ango-and even Amazon.com. Not too far behind are voice command/synthesis products which will initially be sold by third parties like Delphi to customers willing to pay extra.

For example, with the Communiport and the right wireless service, you can use your driving time to dictate a quick thank-you note to your last client, schedule a meeting with the next or download driving directions. When traffic really shuts down, there's the latest news headlines or a quick call to your online broker.

Once Bluetooth arrives, some hand-helds will get voice capabilities just by borrowing them from cell phones like the NeoPoint NP1000. Why reinvent the wheel? Already, Phone.com is trying to blend Conversa's voice technology with its UP.Browser for voice navigation of the Web.

It's all so new and volatile that it's hard to see very far down the road. But those headlights up ahead on the horizon? That's really mobile computing coming on fast.

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This article was originally published in the September 2000 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Of Mobile Birth.

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