24 Oct 2014

So that's why it's called "bluetooth"!

I’m sure you’re all familiar with the bluetooth technology, but... have you ever wondered where the word comes from? Here comes an interesting story...!

As it turns out, the technology has nothing to do with being blue, or looking like a tooth! Quite on the contrary, its origins come from medieval Scandinavia!

King Harald Bluetooth was the Viking king of Denmark between 958 and 970. He christianised Denmark, and united parts of Denmark and Norway into one nation, much like the technology whose goal is to unify computers and cellular phones! They are all “uniters”!

Jim Kardach was an Intel engineer who felt that wireless communication needed some uniting. At the time he had been reading a book about Vikings that featured the reign of King Harald Bluetooth. As Jim himself explained: 

“Bluetooth was borrowed from the 10th-century, second king of Denmark, King Harald Bluetooth, who was famous for uniting Scandinavia just as we intended to unite the PC and cellular industries with a short-range wireless link."

The Bluetooth logo is actually the initials of Harald Bluetooth written in Scandinavian runes!

Interesting, huh?? :)

If you like reading curiosities like this, make sure you check "Some curiosities of the English language!" and "Mind-blowing coincidences between Lincoln and Kennedy!"

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