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Bluetooth disaster!

An attempted bid to create the world's biggest Bluetooth network at this year's CeBIT turned into an embarassing flop when 100 transmitters failed.

It was meant as a crowning moment for a long-promised technology designed to create a wireless link among different devices around the home or office. But instead, the Bluetooth demonstration at the world's biggest computer and electronics show turned into an embarrassing flop when 100 transmitters equipped with short-range radio technology failed to transform a convention hall into a wireless data network for visitors with palmtop computers.

The ill-fated bid to create the world's biggest Bluetooth network at this year's CeBIT trade show underscored the many obstacles that still plagues the two-year old technology. Bluetooth is seriously hobbled by a lack of standardised code, which means that devices of different brands often can't communicate with each other— a big flaw for technology hailed as the next step in computer interconnectivity.

A new standardised version of Bluetooth has been developed, but the first gadgets using it won't be ready until later this year, and there is no guarantee that existing Bluetooth devices will be compatible with the new version.

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