The Bluetooth Special Interest Group
(SIG) has signed off on the Core Specification Version 2.1+EDR
(Enhanced Data Rate). What does this mean for the average Bluetooth user? Delightful things, of course. The shiny new spec includes enhancements to pairing where the steps to pair devices are reduced with the task only taking seconds -- not a few fiddly minutes -- with some devices, like headsets, even supporting auto-pairing. There is also potential for the addition of near field communication
(NFC) where devices are simply tapped together to automagically pair -- we're stoked to see this in Bluetooth-enabled photo frames, for example. Also on the table was an improvement to security to prevent various types of attacks and improved power management which will see battery life -- for some devices -- extended up to fives times the current performance. Not a bad day out, now let's get those 2.1 enabled devices rolling.