Bluetooth 3.0 High Speed now official

The Bluetooth SIG (Special Interest Group) officially adopted the Bluetooth 3.0 HS specification today. Not that you would know it from the official and websites – neither appear to have any mention of it, apart from an almost fact-free blog entry.

Intended to aid the transfer of large files such as video, audio and high resolution digital photos, the new version supports speeds of up to 24Mbps. It does this by incorporating support for 802.11g to  enable Bluetooth over WiFi. The result should be a standard that delivers high data speeds and greater energy-efficiency.

Looking further into the future the next iteration of Bluetooth is likely to incorporate Ultra Wideband technology, which should boost data speeds to as much as 480 Mbps. Ideal for wirelessly delivering pictures that 72 inch glasses-free 3D display you will have in your living room by then.