Bluetooth wireless technology started weaving into our lives in the early 2000s and has now become a pretty essential tool that we use every day. However, What does the name Bluetooth even mean? Is Bluetooth really named after a Danish king? Who ruled over 1000 years ago?
When Was Bluetooth Invented?
Bluetooth wireless technology was developed in 1998 by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group based in Kirkland, Washington.
As with most new technologies, it took a few years for the general public to really embrace it, so it was around 2003/2004.
The technology’s popularity boomed with the advent of cell phones and hands-free headsets in the early 2000s.
Fast forward to today, and you’ll be hard pressed to find anyone who doesn’t own at least one Bluetooth speaker.
Now let’s talk about where the name Bluetooth came from…
What does Bluetooth mean?
It seems that the wireless technology name was meant to be temporary until the creators could come up with something “better.”
In 1997, developer Jim Kardach suggested the name Bluetooth as a placeholder after spotting an image of Harald Bluetooth’s rune stone.
From Wikipedia.com –
“Bluetooth was just a placeholder until marketing could come up with something really cool.
Later, when it came to choosing a reputable name, Bluetooth would be replaced by either RadioWire or PAN (Personal Area Networking). PAN was the frontrunner, but an exhaustive search revealed that it already had tens of thousands of hits across the web.”
Developers could not get trademark approval for the name RadioWire before the launch date, so according to wikipedia.com they stuck with the Bluetooth name.
Bluetooth wireless technology was actually named in honor of the 10th-century Danish Viking king Harold Bluetooth.
Yes, there actually was a king named Bluetooth.
Harald “Bluetooth” Gormsson ruled Norway from c. 958 – c. 986
Attributed to King Harald Bluetooth “to unite the disparate Danish tribes into a single kingdom” and Kardach reportedly suggested the name “to imply that Bluetooth unifies communication protocols in a similar way”.
The Bluetooth logo is a combination of two ancient Viking letters called the Binding Rune.
The two ancient Viking letters used are “H” and “B”, the initials of King Harald Bluetooth.
Read more about King Bluetooth on wikipedia.com.
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