Nokia launches Bluetooth's little brother

by admin October 3, 2006 at 11:46 am

Wibree is being touted as similar to Bluetooth, but with its lower power consumption it’s ideal for infrequent bursts of data

The wireless keyboard and mouse could become a lot less power hungry if a new radio technology called Wibree fulfils expectations.

Announced on Tuesday by Finnish communications giant Nokia, Wibree is designed to complement Bluetooth and work with the same hardware, although it can also operate as a standalone technology.

Wibree and Bluetooth both operate at 2.4GHz and have a similar range of around 10m, but the difference between the two lies in the continuity of the data being transferred. While Bluetooth is suited to constant uses such as streaming data or voice connectivity, Wibree is being touted as ideal for infrequent bursts of data ?¢‚Ǩ‚Äù where the connected device will need to consume much less power.

Full article: ZDNet UK