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Are Bluetooth hardware add-ons worth it? Take a bite from each one, and see for yourself.

This story appears in the August 2003 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Ah, Bluetooth, we knew you when you were being called the latest and greatest innovation in wireless technology. You were going to bring devices and their data together within short ranges. You were going to be everywhere, from supermarkets to office buildings. Well, Bluetooth, you haven't really exploded like the hype suggested. But you have been quietly growing up and making low-key appearances in a slew of devices, ranging from mobile phones to PDAs to printers.

We've rounded up a sampler plate of Bluetooth hardware add-ons. It's a hodgepodge of devices, but that's just a testament to the variety of uses the technology is finding. Bluetooth works in the 2.4GHz spectrum at ranges under 10 meters and can transfer data at rates of up to 721Kbps. It acts as a complementary technology to a Wi-Fi wireless network solution and can help keep your portable equipment connected on the go.

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