Why is it called “Bluetooth”?

screen-shot-2016-10-22-at-8-54-30-pmBluetooth technology gives us a wireless connection within a short distance. Small speakers and many headsets, for example, often use Bluetooth to connect with our iPhones and iPads. But, think about it. This wireless technology isn’t blue. And it certainly doesn’t resemble a tooth ….. so …… ?????

The answer is that Bluetooth technology is named after a Scandinavian King.

Of course.

Wait.

….. What????

Back in the 1990’s, the technology world was looking for a way to unite various devices with a wireless system. This meant uniting devices made by different companies.

(Note the key word: UNITE)

One of the inventors of this wireless technology just happened at the time to be reading a book about Vikings. He learned that the 10th century King of Denmark, King Harald Bluetooth, was famous for uniting Scandinavia.

Ahhh…… there we go. They were inventing a uniting technology. King Bluetooth was a famous uniter.

And so they cleverly called this new wireless connector “Bluetooth”.

One more thing: The Bluetooth symbol? It’s King Harald’s initials, in ancient Scandinavian Runes.

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15 thoughts on “Why is it called “Bluetooth”?

  1. Al says:

    I knew it was named after a Scandinavian king, I learnt that when I was doing a computer course. As for the logo, that I didn’t know. It always reminded me of a rune, and now I know why 🙂

  2. Wow; now that’s really interesting. I’ve asked that question of many…Why is it called ‘Bluetooth’? thinking there must be an obvious reason.
    Hahaha… really cool… Now I can definitely rest my weary brain!
    Thanks Kathy… 🙂

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