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Viking Origins Of The Bluetooth Logo Could Change The Way You See The Symbol

By Yoon Sann Wong, 02 Mar 2018



The Bluetooth symbol has been around for quite a while now. Even though many can easily recognize the icon, what many people probably do not know is the origin behind this prevalent geometric logo.

In a recent post to the Reddit thread ‘r/DesignPorn’, user ‘jacksback88’ shares the roots of this technology’s emblem.

The uploaded image reads, “The Bluetooth logo is the combination of ‘H’ and ‘B,’ the initials of Harald Bluetooth, written in the ancient letters used by Vikings, which are called ‘runes.’”

The Origins of the Bluetooth symbol from r/DesignPorn


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Redditor ‘PitchforkAssistantfollowed up inside the thread with a video uploaded to YouTube by Tom Scott.

It sheds more light on why the name of Harald Bluetooth—one of the first kings of Denmark—has become plastered on so many people’s mobile phones. If you have no time to watch the two-and-a-half minute video, ‘PitchforkAssistant’ offers a ‘TL;DW’ summary below.






[via Reddit, video via Tom Scott, main image via Shutterstock]
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