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In an attempt to eliminate wire clutter in homes and offices, Swedish company Ericcson initiated the Bluetooth Technology movement in 1994. IBM, Intel, Nokia and Toshiba joined in 1998 to found the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG).

Bluetooth is a technology that enables any electrical device to wirelessly communicate in the 2.5 GHz ISM (license free) frequency band.

Bluetooth was named after Harald Blatand (or Bluetooth), a 10th century Danish Viking king who had united and controlled large parts of Scandinavia which are today Denmark and Norway. The name was chosen to highlight the potential of the technology to unify the telecommunications and computing industries.

Billions of Bluetooth devices are in use today in devices ranging from remote control devices to cell phones, computers, laptops, iPads and person-to-person communication gadgets.