Bluetooth technology is used to transfer data using ultra high frequency radio waves. Over the years, this technology has had countless applications that make our lives easier and more productive. Its applications range from: Data transfer between cellular devices to transfer of data between your television remote and television. Additional applications revolve around gaming consoles, wireless headsets and even a Nike Lunar Hyperdunk+ shoe, that used Bluetooth technology to transfer data from the shoe to the user’s phone.
The technology was invented in the year 1994, by scientists at the Ericsson company.1 In the year 1998, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group was formulated.2 By 2000, the first Bluetooth enabled cellular device hits the market (Motorola i605). In 2001, the first ever Bluetooth enabled laptop came into the market. By 2002, the Bluetooth mouse and Bluetooth keyboard made their debut. Between 2002 and 2016, there were various advances, innovations and developments made in the Bluetooth technology. The technology became more widespread, reliable and faster as the years went by.
Now that you have a basic understanding of the technology and its reach across the world, let’s dive into the origins and meaning behind the Bluetooth logo and name.
Brief history of Bluetooth
In the 1990s, various hardware vendors were independently developing and innovating their own versions of wireless data transfer. This fragmented innovation did not work well, as ultimately all mobile devices (irrespective of the vendor) needed to interconnect with each each other and facilitate data transfer. A common industry standard was required. This common industry standard was initiated by Ericsson, and included IBM, Toshiba and Nokia within its initial panel. This standard was called The Bluetooth Special Interest Group. The Special Interest Group encompasses over 30,000 corporations By 2016.
Where did the name Bluetooth come from
The name was taken from Harald Bluetooth; a medieval Danish Viking King who was credited with bringing together and unifying Denmark.3 This name fitted well, as there was a unification between various vendors, that culminated in the creation of The Bluetooth Special Interest Group.
How was the Bluetooth logo designed
The Bluetooth logo also has its roots taken from ancient Viking culture, and is in fact an amalgamation of the King Harald Bluetooth’s initials (in danish runes). The ‘H’ and ‘B’ equivalent symbols in Danish runes were aesthetically and intelligently merged to forge the Bluetooth Logo.
According to Danish medieval culture, King Harald had an intense affinity towards blueberries, and would consume them at a ferocious pace, staining his teeth with a film of blue.