Bluetooth is a widely used cable-replacement technology in the exchange of data, wirelessly, over short distances from fixed and movable devices. Let’s take a closer look!
In layman’s terms, Bluetooth is a simple method to connect a wide range of devices, such as cellphones, PCs, digital cameras, printers and many other gadgets with each other. Bluetooth removes the difficulties of installing cables to connect one device with another. It can also connect different devices, overcoming the problems of synchronization. That means you can connect one type of device with an entirely different type of device, e.g., your computer with a mouse or a mobile phone with a head phone. Bluetooth-enabled gadgets can communicate at ranges of less than 100 meters, depending on the device you are using.
The story behind the name Bluetooth
The curious name Bluetooth comes from the name Harald Blåtand ,a Danish king who was the king of Denmark between 940 and 981 AD. His name means “Blue Tooth”, when translated to the English language. He was a brave warrior who united the Scandinavians in the 10th century. Bluetooth, as we know it today in the tech world, was named after him as Bluetooth in tech endeavors to unite personal computing and telecommunications devices.
How Bluetooth works
A Bluetooth device works by making use of radio signals or waves rather than cables or wires to link your cell phone or computer. Every device that uses Bluetooth technology has a small electronic chip that contains a radio signal receiver and sender. It also enables software program that makes connection among devices possible. So, whenever Bluetooth-enabled gadgets, for example a mobile phone and earphones, are in close distance to each other, they connect with each other, or pair. A single Bluetooth enabled device can even connect to a number of gadgets at the same time. This allows us to talk on the cell phone or listen to songs without the trouble of cables or wires.
In contrast to infra-red, which is used in TV remotes, Bluetooth device does not require to be in direct sight of each other. This feature has made Bluetooth connection much more flexible and powerful.
Why is Bluetooth better than other technologies?
The quick answer is because Bluetooth is almost everywhere, it is easy to use, it works on low power, and it is low cost. Let’s explore these a bit more.
Nowadays it seems that everything is becoming wireless, and Bluetooth is undoubtedly a big part of that wireless revolution. Now Bluetooth is being embedded into a wide range of gadgets, like headphones, video game controllers, and computer mouse or livestock trackers.