Nokia launched its Wibree personal area network technology in October
2006 as an extension to Bluetooth. Today, Wibree became Bluetooth.
The Nokia-led Wibree Forum is to merge with the Bluetooth SIG, the
body that oversees the wireless standard.
Wibree, which has been under development within Nokia since 2001, was
established as a very low power technology for networking nearby
highly portable devices. Like Bluetooth, it was planned to operate in
the 2.4GHz band, connecting devices within a 10m range. However, its
speed was capped at 1Mbps and was more about exchanging small packets
of data and control information than transmitting data in bulk, as
Bluetooth is often used for.
The applications Nokia had in mind are links between phones and
watches - the kind of thing Sony Ericsson showed off last year with
the Bluetooth watch it co-developed with Fossil. Nokia also mentioned
sports sensors - again there's a precedent: Apple's iPod+Nike
In a way, the move is a failure on Nokia's part to convince the world
that it needs a new, separate standard for the wireless connections
Wibree of was designed for. Especially, since Wibree was always
designed to be Bluetooth friendly. Perhaps the Finnish phone giant
should have submitted the technology to the Bluetooth SIG in the
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