Nokia announced a new one today called Wibree which the company says is more energy efficient than Bluetooth.
Companies have been trying to figure out the best way to wirelessly connect devices like digital cameras, mouses, keyboards, and cell phones for some time. Ultra-Wideband, UWB, which is supposed to be low power and high data, has seen constant delays. Zigbee hasn’t seemed to gain much traction and is aimed more at sensor networks.
Also Computerworld reports:
"Bluetooth is clearly not suited to some of the cooler applications like intelligent jewelry, watches -- a less power-hungry, smaller, cheaper solution will open some interesting new opportunities," said Ben Wood, an analyst at Collins Consulting Services in Solihull, England.
Nokia said the companies working with it on defining the standard are Broadcom Corp., CSR PLC, Seiko Epson Corp., Nordic Semiconductor, Taiyo Yuden Co. and Suunto, a unit of Amer Sports Corp.Tags: invention, mobile, nokia,bluetooth,Wibree