What is Bluetooth?
Bluetooth is a wonderful technology. It is a way of connecting electronic devices and having them communicate with each other. How it works is, first two Bluetooth devices connect by transmitting a digital signal to each other, called discovery, then they ask each other who will take command and when that decision is made digitally they work together to create a network. This network is called a piconet. Bluetooth devices use a minuscule 1mW of power. By comparison a laser pointer uses 5mW of power.
Bluetooth also uses a 2.4 GHz frequency just like WiFi, but uses much less power and its range is a lot smaller than WiFi.
A Bluetooth device can support up to 8 connections. For example. You have a laptop with Bluetooth and you use a woreless headphone to listen to music from your laptop, and you also use a wireless keyboard to type on your laptop. They all have a transmitter that use different frequencies so that they don’t interfere with each other, and they change frequencies 1,600 times a second. That in a nutshell is how Bluetooth works.
Why I enjoy Bluetooth
I hate cables with a passion. Don’t you? I don’t like to see cables on the floor, my dresser, my desk, bedside table almost anywhere in the inside and outside of the house. But with the use of Bluetooth technology, cables disappear. I used to hate to use my computer mouse with its cable always tethering me to a certain distance and getting my mouse cable tangled with items on my desk. A big pet peeve of mine was going to the gym and using my iPhone with the ear buds that came with it. I hated that cable immensely. But with Bluetooth I was set free of those annoying cables.
My favorite device has been an iPhone with Bluetooth headphones, which I use two. One for inside the house and my Bluetooth sport headphones when I go to the gym. I love the freedom that my Bluetooth headphones give me, For the house I can put my iPhone on a table or the floor, on the lawn in the garden and walk away for a short distance without the tether of a cable. I never liked the feeling of anything brushing up against my neck.
When I go to the gym I don’t have to worry where the cable is so my arms don’t get tangled in the cable. I just pop on my Bluetooth sport headphones and I am ready to lift, especially when I am lifting heavy weights. I can put my phone on the ground right next to me or my pocket as I lift. All while I just keep my headphones on. I can also ride a stationary bike or a stair climber and I’m free from cables.
Some Bluetooth items I currently use
I currently use four mice. Two for my PC and two for my laptop. I use a keyboard for my PC and I also use two Bluetooth wired speakers for my iPhone. One at my desk the other on my bedside table. (I bought a 3rd one for my daughter too but that one is completely wireless.) I also use two headphones with my iPhone, as stated above. One for the gym and one for the house. (I’ve actually had two headphones I used for the gym, I wore out the first set so three if you count that one.) One of the coolest Bluetooth items I’ve ever used was a shower speaker. That was great while it lasted. It was cheap but I may upgrade my next one. My iPhone is also a Bluetooth device and I’ve had the iPhone 3,4,5,6 and currently use 11. I’ve probably had half a dozen Bluetooth headsets for my phone I used over the years. My car is also Bluetooth enabled. As you can see, I am no stranger in using Bluetooth devices.
My Bluetooth wishlist items I want and don’t need
Don’t require :
- Temperature Tracker
- Universal Remote
- FM Transmitter
- There are more, but I just don’t now every device out there.
- Transmitter (Extend Bluetooth connectivity distance)
- True Wireless Speakers
- Drawing Tablet
Upgrade (As needed):
- Keyboard & Mic
This is a small list of available items that are available in the market today. These items are what I basically use or don’t require currently. As the future comes I’m sure my needs will change and more of these items will cross my path. I am absolutely sure of that.
Bluetooth makes my life much more enjoyable
I am a big fan of Bluetooth devices. I enjoyed these products for some years now and I can’t wait for the next generation of products to come out. There are thousands of these products in the market today. I just looked at a small slice of available products I am aware of or have personal experience with. I’m sure that there are commercial uses for this technology and not just personal applications like the products I talked about here.
I have shown you how, in a nutshell, how Bluetooth works, why I enjoy using the technology, some things I use and can upgrade and a few things I have no need for, at least for now. In a tech savvy world a Bluetooth connection can make your lifestyle easier and more streamlined. So, clear your desk and tables and get rid of the wires. So, in the name of King Harald Bluetooth, the Viking King who is the namesake of Bluetooth technology. Unite us all!