Every day tens of millions of electronic devices communicate with each other and Exchange data through the Bluetooth protocol, the system for the transmission of data through short-range radio waves. The name and icon of the standard, is currently one of the most used in the whole world, on the other hand not everyone knows why Bluetooth is so called like this and what goes into a “blue tooth” with data transmission via radio. Adam Clark Estes of Gizmodo recently explained, telling a story that occasionally emerges among the topics discussed online.
In 1996 a consortium of the largest companies in the technology sector, Intel, Ericsson and Nokia, started working on a new standard for data transmission, short-range wireless, so you could connect devices to each other without any particular obstacles due to the different wave brands.
The work to create the new standard was not simple, it took considerable time and the collaboration of engineers and technicians of the companies involved. One evening in the summer of 1997 in Toronto, the Intel engineer Jim Kardach went out for a drink together with Sven Mattisson, a fellow employee of Ericsson. Kardach showed a system called RF-Business, while a similar solution called Mattisson MC Links. Nokia was not present at the meeting and anyway would most likely have promoted its technology, called Low Power RF.
Kardach and Mattisson had a long chat and at a certain point began to talk about history. Mattisson had just finished reading Viking ships by Frans g. Bengtsson, a book that among other things, spoke about the Danish warriors travel adventures during the reign of Harold I of Denmark blue tooth (or “Blue Tooth”). Among the most popular characters of Danish history, reigned between 940 and 986 in Denmark and Norway. As often happened in the middle ages, King Harold I was known by the nickname blÃ¡tÇ«nn, denoting “blue tooth”. No one knows exactly why he was named so, but according to several scholars had probably had a diseased tooth, which appeared darker than the others. But there are several other theories, that are often difficult to verify like; that of wearing blue robes or that he was very fond of blueberries, that tend to stain teeth with a Blue color.
Inspired by the conversation about the history of Denmark with Mattisson, Kardach later read a book on learning other things about blue tooth. In an article published many years after the introduction of Bluetooth, Kardach explained that the idea to use the name “Bluetooth” for his project that he was working on.