The Bluetooth Special Interest Group
(SIG) has named Mike McCamon, a former Apple veteran, to the newly created position of executive director. McCamon will focus on building stronger relationships between its members and the trade association, “ensuring tight interoperability between Bluetooth products and leading long-term strategic planning,” according to the Bluetooth SIG.
Besides Apple, McCamon also worked at Informix, Sybase, Iomega and Intel in the United States and Europe. Most recently, McCamon managed wireless standards evangelism at Intel and served as a director on the Bluetooth SIG Board along with having recently been elected chairman of the Bluetooth SIG Marketing Committee.
Bluetooth is a specification for a small-form factor, low-cost radio solution providing links between mobile computers, mobile phones and other portable handheld devices, and connectivity to the Internet. The Bluetooth SIG includes companies such as 3Com, Agere, Ericsson, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia and Toshiba, and hundreds of associate and adopter member companies.
Apple officially embraced Bluetooth last month. At Macworld Tokyo, the company previewed its Bluetooth technology for Mac OS X, enabling short-range wireless connectivity between a Mac and a variety of digital devices, including Bluetooth-enabled PDAs and cell phones. Apple has a preview version of its Bluetooth software for Mac OS X available as a free download and is offering a Bluetooth USB adaptor, which can Bluetooth-enable any USB-based Mac for US$49.