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A brief into the history of the Bluetooth technology

We all use Bluetooth in our daily lives. It has improved our mobile experience and taken it to another level. Almost everything from headphones to speakers and keyboards can be connected to Bluetooth. It has not been very long since Bluetooth came into being. 

Here in this article, we will talk about the history of Bluetooth technology. 

Dr. Jaap Haartsen conceptualized Bluetooth at Ericsson in the year 1994. Initially, the technology was devised to replace RS-232 communication cables. Although Bluetooth and WiFi use almost the same frequency, Bluetooth was developed as a powerful alternative for shorter ranges.

A Bluetooth Special Interest Group was formed in 1988 which performed the task of publishing and updating the versions of Bluetooth. Initially, starting with just a few companies, this group soon has around 4,000 member companies. Today it has more than 30,000 companies.

The first Bluetooth was launched in the year 1999. It was used on a hands-free mobile headset. Sony Ericsson was the first company to launch Bluetooth in its mobile handsets.

This first version of Bluetooth, also known as Bluetooth 1.0, had several outstanding features and uses. It was extensively used with the peripheral devices of a computer and for data storage. While the first version had several exceptional features for that time, it had some limitations too. Its peak speeds were very low, and the connection couldn’t go beyond 10 meters. There were quality issues, even in the audio. These issues need to be resolved.

While the history of Bluetooth may not be as fascinating as other electronic devices and technology, it was in all sense a breakthrough invention for humankind. Its rapid expansion and adoption by the people world over speak of its use and popularity among people belonging to different fields.


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