RANDOMbit: Why is it called Bluetooth?

Ever wonder if “Bluetooth” has any intrinsic meaning? From Take Control: The Mac Lexicon, by Andy Baird and Sharon Zardetto:

A short-range, medium-speed wireless technology used mainly as a replacement for cables in connecting computers with printers, headsets, cell phones, and other peripherals. Most Bluetooth devices are Class 2, with a maximum range of about 30 feet (10m); Class 1 devices can reach up to 100 feet (30m).

Named after Harald “Bluetooth” Gormson, king of Denmark from about A.D. 935 to 985, it was supposedly chosen because he united Denmark and Norway (at least temporarily); hence, the logo combines the Nordic runes for H and B. 

Bluetooth logo


2 Responses to RANDOMbit: Why is it called Bluetooth?

  1. Andy Baird says:

    The frustrating thing is that there’s no consensus on why König Harald was nicknamed “Bluetooth” in the first place. Some say it was because he loved to eat blueberries; others because he had a decayed tooth (but you’d think that would lead to his being called “Blacktooth”). Nobody knows for certain. :: sigh ::

  2. mactipster says:

    Ah, Andy… you know, don’t you, that you are one of the very few people who would find this frustrating? 😉

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