For this week’s Engadget Interview, veteran journalist J.D. Lasica spoke with Bluetooth SIG executive director Mike Foley from his headquarters in Bellevue, Wash., about wireless headphones, hands-free phone gabbing, and what kinds of Bluetooth-enabled gadgets we’ll be seeing in the years ahead.
For those who aren’t familiar with Bluetooth, what is it and why should we care?
From the big-picture perspective, Bluetooth is a short-range wireless technology with its mission in life to replace cables and to allow devices to communicate with each other without having to plug them together.
Work on this began in the mid- to late ’90s. Since then, work has been done on enhancing the specification, creating a good test program that devices go through before they enter the market to ensure interoperability between devices, and getting Bluetooth into many devices so that it really becomes valuable to the consumer.