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Harald Bluetooth turns a teenager

Bluetooth® technology, the global standard for short range wireless communications, turns 10 years old this week. And it was marking its birthday appropriately at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, with a party in the trendy Tao. While the idea of Bluetooth technology was born over a decade ago, the first products didn’t hit the shelves until the year 2000. In eight years 1.5 billion Bluetooth enabled devices have been shipped, and the organization behind the technology, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group, has grown from a handful of companies to 10,000 members. “The first ten years of Bluetooth development has been amazing to watch,” said Michael Foley, executive director of the Bluetooth SIG. “No other consumer technology has grown as fast in such a short period of time.”

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