Bluetooth Technology Brings Peace to Mobile Communications

June 10th, 2011

Bluetooth technology has become sort of ubiquitous when talking about devices such as tablets, smartphones, headsets, wireless keyboards and other communications tools. Many of us use Bluetooth products every day without giving thought to how or why it works. Fortunately, because you're reading this blog today, you have the opportunity to learn. For an explanation of what happens when you communicate via Bluetooth, we turn to the Official Bluetooth Technology website, which states:
Connections between Bluetooth enabled electronic devices allow these devices to communicate wirelessly through short-range, ad hoc networks known as piconets. Piconets are established dynamically and automatically as Bluetooth enabled devices enter and leave radio proximity meaning that you can easily connect whenever and wherever it's convenient for you. Each device in a piconet can also simultaneously communicate with up to seven other devices within that single piconet and each device can also belong to several piconets simultaneously. This means the ways in which you can connect your Bluetooth devices is almost limitless.
Continued reading on the site reveals a wealth of Bluetooth information relating to interference, the spread spectrum, range, power consumption, the Bluetooth Core Specification for product developers and more. While that conjures up some excitement, the real question is, how did they come up with the name?  Source A visit to the Bluetooth Fast Facts page tells us that the moniker was actually a code name for the Bluetooth Special Interest Group, made up of the Swedish company Ericsson and a group of companies they worked with to develop the technology. Dig a little deeper into the history and you'll find Bluetooth was also the name of the Danish King Harald Blåtand (Blåtand = Bluetooth). In the 10th century, the Scandinavian monarch helped unite warring peoples from Norway, Sweden and Denmark, much like Bluetooth fosters communication between many devices. With that in mind, we're happy to announce a new product that makes full use of the connectivity and mobility awesomeness that Bluetooth provides. The IOGEAR Multi-link Bluetooth Mini Keyboard is a mobile solution with swift toggling and data input for up to six devices, including: PCs, Macs, Smart Phones, tablets, iPads, game consoles and other HID profile supported devices running on Android, or iOS 4.0 and above.  As tablets and smart phones take over more of the mobile computing segment from PCs and Macs, the Bluetooth Mini Keyboard, code-named GKB601B, is a traditional input device that helps people overcome some of the challenges of touch screen typing. Whether it's wobble because of a tablet's curved back or just a feeling of awkward finger placement on a small screen, the mini keyboard can help. The mini version follows on the heels of IOGEAR's full-sized Multi-link Bluetooth Keyboard, a desktop solution that provides the same functionality with a larger form factor. While King Harald Blåtand never got the chance to see his name used on billions of technology devices around the world, we're sure he would be proud of the advances we've made in communication since his Scandinavian mediation days. How many Bluetooth-enabled devices do you own? Which are used most frequently? Share you experience with us here on the blog or on Facebook or Twitter.



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