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ZigBee Alliance shows off latest devices

Marc Perton
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We're not sure whether ZigBee is the wireless standard of the future, or just an attempt by every company that isn't Nokia to push an alternative to Bluetooth (or whether it's just a rejected name for a Sesame Street character that somehow got picked up by a bunch of geeks). Regardless, members of the ZigBee Alliance were out in force this week at their annual meeting in San Francisco. ExtremeTech's Jim Louderback dropped in  and found the devices on display — from a radiation sensor and a wireless gas meter to an automated pet door — to be proof that the standard is about to emerge from the shadows and lead "a revolution in how devices communicate." We hope so, but we somehow recall hearing the same thing about Bluetooth a few years ago — and about Wireless USB just a few hours ago.

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