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Well, I'm posting this because during the last week three different people in three completly different environments asked me why is Bluetooth called "Bluetooth". Why not Goldentooth? :) Why not Blueberry? (Hmm... That has just made me wonder about Blackberry... I'll look into it).

So, here is the answer. Bluetooth, the protocol that promissed to connect all your different gadgets from different companies/makers, is named Bluetooth after a Viking King called Harald Bluetooth, who got his name because of his fondness for blueberries, which stained his teeth. King Harald Bluetooth was famous for uniting the warring tribes of Scandinavia, just like our Bluetooth protocol, uniting different technologies. See? It's not just another stupid name (although I think Blackberry is in fact just another stupid name. :)).

By the way, this whole idea came from Ericsson, in Sweden. They are the inventors of Bluetooth (the technology, not the king. :D). It was developed in 1994, but only in 1998 Ericsson presented it to several other big companies, and they agreed to make it an industry standard, which was a rare act of the industry, but that we are thankful for.

Posted on Tuesday, March 21, 2006 3:49 AM General | Back to top


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What about the logo? It's not just an abstract drawing...

It combines the runic characters for H and B (from Harald Blatand). The B is easier to identify, because it's similar to the latin B. But where's the H? The runic H is similar to our asterisk. Now, can you see it? :D
Left by *ervan on Mar 21, 2006 11:36 AM

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That is very interesting.
Left by Jeff Julian on Mar 21, 2006 2:34 PM

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the communication protocol was called Bluetooth as it helps devices to easily communicate with each other without any prevuilt infrastructure ( you require such infrastructure in WLAN)......Bluetooth enabled devices easily communicate with each other as soon as they come within a specified range.........same as the King Harald Bluetooth enabled the easy communication between different communities......
For more info on Bluetooth and its future please visit my Blog......http://vdeo.blogspot.com
Left by Vikram on Mar 22, 2006 7:21 AM

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Intresting stuff , here what i find - http://www.onlanka.com/fun/images/bluetooth.jpg ))
Left by Kim on Jul 13, 2006 8:36 AM

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it is very usful to the students
Left by jagadeesan on Aug 15, 2007 9:37 AM

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well and good
Left by gomathi on Sep 03, 2007 8:52 AM

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i herd it was named after someone who cut off his hand and threw it on the island which he wanted because he was loosing the race. =S
Left by sam on Jan 27, 2008 3:27 PM

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Why Blue?? sky ist Blue, why tooth?? tooth is white

How about Bluesky,Toothwhite world,i liked the way.
Left by kumari on Feb 04, 2008 8:38 PM

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i m sorry i have no comment because your mater is so vast and easy to learn and also u given the feedback thanks to u because i am learn the very easily thank you very much
Left by vandana mishra on Mar 25, 2008 9:50 AM

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Wow, thanks for the information. Still, the point of the technology is still right, he was the one who unified the people and that's the purpose of this technology. Quite interesting, the info, though. Thanks!
Left by Felipe on Nov 27, 2008 10:42 AM

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whplz give ne short and sweet ans why its calle bluetooth
Left by monu on Apr 16, 2009 8:19 PM

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give me a short note that why its called as bluetooth
and not any other like blueberry etc.
Left by pranaya on Jul 24, 2009 5:56 PM

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This is a great explanation.

Pranaya - I would say this is pretty much a short version...well compared to all the other stuff out there.

Left by vampirebunny on Feb 22, 2010 3:46 PM

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Is they any latest inversion that is in progress to modify or upgrade the already existing bluetooth especially increasing the distance , bluedevices seperation
Left by Innocent on Jan 05, 2011 7:41 AM

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Nice and clearifing answer
Left by Gaurav on Jun 29, 2011 3:13 PM

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hiiiii, can i know why blutooth known as blue. why dont black and white tooth.
Left by SEEEMA PRAJAPATI on Nov 10, 2012 8:05 AM

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Absolutely stupid. Seriously, what Mac software is most current: leopard, elephant, meerkat... lost puppies. Giving software cute names benefits no one. Except maybe the programmers that can tell their kids they helped to program the 'bunny' OS.

Left by big picture on Feb 23, 2014 5:33 AM

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good answer
Left by kedhareeswar on Mar 26, 2014 1:41 PM

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