According to the Bluetooth SIG, five million Bluetooth ICs are shipping every week.
5,000,000 per week. That's a lot of ICs, no matter what the application. In this case, we're talking about Bluetooth ICs. For all the naysayers, and I will not be counted among them, Bluetooth is not only alive, but thriving. Granted, most of those applications are in handsets, but it still puts Bluetooth in many hands.
With a volume so high, it's inevitable that all the applications the marketing folks were dreaming of will come to fruition (well, most of them anyway). It won't be long before all your iPod-like audio players ship with Bluetooth headphones.
The application that they're missing, however, is the PDA connection. I can't understand why the PDA makers aren't using Bluetooth to synchronize with the desktop (or laptop). Replacing the cables, connectors, and dock with a Bluetooth transceiver would be about a wash cost-wise. It also lets you synchronize on the road without having to carry the dock and cables. But nothing's perfect.
By the way, that five-million number comes from the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG). The group claims over 3400 members, They can be reached at www.bluetooth.com.