A big part of the technological boom during the mid-90s was the emergence of the first wireless technologies. Mobile phones were becoming ever more popular and numerous companies were all competing to develop the means for connecting their devices. There was just one small problem – because of the lack of any form of standard, all of them weren’t compatible with one another. A fact, that they soon realized and so a meeting was held in 1998 in Lund, at Ericsson’s plant in Sweden. There members of Ericson, IBM, Intel, Nokia and Toshiba all agreed to work together and founded a Special Interest Group, tasked with developing a single, short-range radio standard. Today almost every device is equipped with it and the Bluetooth SIG has over 30,000 members.
In 1949 while lookiThe name Bluetooth was given by Jim Kardach, who was an engineer at Intel and the main driving force behind the unification effort. He got inspired by the 10th century Danish King Harald Gormsson, nicknamed Bluetooth. Harald is famous for unifying all the Danes into one Kingdom and turning them Christian and Kardach thought that it was fitting as an analogy to the way all of the companies came together. In the beginning it was supposed to be only temporary, until marketing came up with something better, but in the end it stuck and remains so to this day.
There are different theories about how Harald Bluetooth got his nickname. According to the most popular legend, he really loved blueberries and ate them constantly, which gave them a certain shade of blue. According to another, the Danish word for blue used to mean “dark” also and the King hat a bad tooth. The truth is, we simply do not know, as the first reference we have of him mentioned under his nickname came in the Roskilde Chronicle (In Danish Roskildekrøniken), around 200 years after his death.
Even the Bluetooth sign is based on King Harald. The symbol represents a bindrune and is made by merging his two initials together. The first one, known as the hagall (ᚼ), represents the letter H, while the bjarkan (ᛒ) stands for B. Bindrunes were extremely rare during the Viking age and were mostly ornamental, made to highlight the name of the carver.