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A survey by TDK Systems published today has revealed some of the more unusual names people give to their mobile devices.

TDK Systems conducted a survey of 1,400 delegates who attended the recent Bluetooth World Congress in Amsterdam. Its BlueAlert software 'discovered' 478 Bluetooth-enabled devices over the course of the three-day event, many with unusual identification names.

"There were quite a few Bluetooth devices that transcended the obvious and mundane names of the users," said Dave Curl, head of public relations at TDK Systems. "We found 'Predator', 'BluePower' and 'Boss 6310i' but are still wondering about 'Mike's Smokin' BT Machine' and the curious 'Sheep Shagger' who took time away from his beloved flock to visit the show."

Perhaps Sheep Shagger is a Cardiff City fan - whose followers have appropriated the slur as a badge of honour.

The survey also revealed the extent to which Bluetooth's wireless capabilities are being taken up by manufacturers and users of both communications devices and consumer electronics.

"The composition of Bluetooth-enabled devices at the show included the usual suspects such as phones, PDAs and laptops (95 per cent of devices), but it is very interesting to see the emergence of Bluetooth printer adaptors, computer keyboards, hands-free car kits and video cameras," added Curl.

Discovering the Bluetooth device names was TDK Systems' BlueAlert software application. Although the application discovers names, Bluetooth's built-in security does not allow devices to be connected - unless their users give their consent during the Bluetooth "pairing" process. ®

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