The Evolution of Bluetooth

By Matt McGew

Updated September 26, 2017

The evolution of Bluetooth wireless technology began with the Swedish firm Ericsson in the late 1990s. Originally directed not at the consumer market but rather at other developers, Bluetooth has since become one of the foremost consumer-oriented wireless technologies, driving further developments in the industry. The popularity of this technology has largely determined the direction of Bluetooth’s evolution.

Driving the Evolution

The driving force in the evolution of this technology is the BBluetooth Special Interest Group. This group takes the lead by not only spurring continued development reaching out to new industries, but also in promoting the current uses of Bluetooth and its potential for expansion. This promotion often occurs through special seminars and presentations directed specifically at manufacturers and developers and places an emphasis on the direction of the Bluetooth technology.

The Past and Present

From the original release of Bluetooth wireless technology to the present day, consumers have seen an extraordinary increase in the situational uses of the technology. Bluetooth’s compatibility encompasses a variety of personal computers, laptops and handheld devices, with more devices to come in the future. In addition, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group has plans to increase the data rates for this technology to foster greater usage with an increasing array of multimedia applications. This represents an effort to keep pace with developments in other areas of technology.

New Industries

The evolution of Bluetooth wireless technology also represents an entry into many industries in both the private sector and the public sector. Beyond the more common uses for personal computing or mobile communications, Bluetooth technology currently enjoys applications in medical and intelligence services, as well as the arts. New additions include a variety of uses for home appliances and even applications for the physical rehabilitation of wounded veterans.

New Developments

Some of the newer developments in the evolution of Bluetooth involve the optimization, performance, compatibility, and functionality of the technology. In addition, Bluetooth continues to evolve by improving the sustainability of the technology through the development of low-energy versions of Bluetooth devices that ultimately save the consumer both time and money. This sustainability also aims to open new markets and uses for Bluetooth technology, from sports training to new medical applications.