The main problem with Bluetooth is that people haven't had access to it. I have it built into my laptop, but I don't own a single device that interacts with it. But I do have several USB devices. All that are a giant pain in the butt to reattach to my laptop everytime I need to use them. If only I had a way to connect to them wirelessly...
Enter this wireless USB access point from Belkin. You have a base that you plug all of your gear into and a wireless USB dongle for your computer. Having to plug the dongle (great word) in all the time is a pain too, so look forward to devices (meaning no need for access points or, heaven forbid, dongles) that have wireless USB built into them sometime next year. Until then, I'll be buying this for $129 (US) when it comes out this spring.
Don Lehman is a Chicago-based industrial designer and the founder of More/Real, a startup focused on making technology feel invisible. More/Realâ€™s first product, Stylus Caps, turns common pens and markers into touchscreen styluses.
Don has been honored by the IDSA, featured in the CES Innovation Showcase, and his design for the Contigo Autoseal Travel Mug was named by Bloomberg Businessweek as one of the 50 Coolest Designs of the 21st Century. He has contributed to Core since 2001, first with his column, "The Student Life", documenting his design school years at RIT, and since then posting news and columns.