A wireless technology that enables short-range wireless data connections between devices. The name came from: Harald Bluetooth, a Viking and king of Denmark from the years 940 to 981, was renown for his ability to help people communicate. During his reign, he united Denmark and Norway.
Bluetooth wireless technology is a worldwide specification for low-cost radio that provides links between mobile computers, mobile phones, other portable handheld devices, and connectivity to the Internet. There is a written specification developed, published and promoted by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG). This SIG includes Agere, Ericsson, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia and Toshiba, and hundreds of Associate and Adopter member companies. In mid 2002, the Bluetooth SIG established its global headquarters in Overland Park, Kansas, USA.
The Bluetooth wireless technology is essentially designed to replace cables between cell phones, laptops, and other computing and communication devices within a 10-meter range. When Bluetooth wireless technology connects devices to each other, they become paired. An example of such device pairings includes:
- Your wireless headset connecting to the cell phone in your pocket
- Your PDA automatically synchronizes with your computer when you walk into the office.
And this is only the tip of the iceberg. Bluetooth Technology is poised to expand into areas such as industrial automation, gaming and delivery tracking. It is not too far off from when you will use a Bluetooth pen to write on an image board located in a different office. Your printer can be seamlessly and wirelessly connected to your PC. And anything else you can imagine in your office within a 30 feet range.
Bluetooth has already managed to immerse itself into the automotive industry. Your mobile phone headset will be wirelessly connected to the car’s in-built audio system enabling completely hands-free