IBM shows glimpses of Bluetooth future

By , IDG News Service |  Hardware

Karidis also described in his keynote devices more similar to current products. He showed the Chameleon, a combination notebook PC and Web kiosk for home use, as well as a "wearable drive" concept in which a Bluetooth-enabled IBM MicroDrive would serve as network-attached storage for a number of personal area-network devices, and Mica, a notebook PC in a portfolio with a companion pen that lets users automatically input to the PC what they write on a pad of paper.

For frequent flyers, Karidis suggested a couple of odd solutions to the problem of fully reclined seatbacks: the "Monarch butterfly," a notebook with a keyboard that can be reconfigured to be wider but more shallow, and the AirWarrior, with a display that can be raised up to eye level. Although the AirWarrior would allow the user to see the display, the drawback is that everyone for several rows back could also see it, Karidis acknowledged.

The Bluetooth Developers Conference continues through Thursday at the San Jose Convention Center.

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