Happy 20th birthday Bluetooth!

25 October 2018

In 2018 we celebrate the 20th birthday of Bluetooth. Let’s be honest, we could never ever live without this technology anymore… For phone calls in our car, for listening to music with a wireless headphone, for playing video games with a wireless controller,… and so on.


Ericsson, IBM, Nokia and Toshiba united in the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) in 1998. They worked together on a fully open and royalty-free platform. Because of the development of multiple devices and technologies, Bluetooth has been updated a few times: version 1.0, 2.0,…. Time and time again, safety, data speed and the energy-saving aspects were improved.


With the latest version (Bluetooth 5.0) another improvement is achieved: the enlargement of the range between devices. The range is over 4 times bigger compared to the previous version. You used to be able to go to a maximum of 120 meter depending on the capability of the device. So, if you run upstairs or outside to the garden with your headphones on, your music will not cut out or lose connection to your phone when left downstairs.


So, Bluetooth might be a ‘golden oldie’, it’s here to stay for the coming years. Discover all kinds of Bluetooth gadgets Gemaco can offer for your brand by contacting your account manager.


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