Bluetooth technology often gets overlooked in the face of other wireless technologies with longer reach, but it still has important applications in our day-to-day life. In this blog, we take a look at five applications of bluetooth technology.
What is bluetooth technology?
Bluetooth is a form of wireless technology which is used to transfer data between different electronic devices. It can only do this over short distances using short-wavelength radio waves. It differs from Wi-Fi because while multiple devices can connect to one Wi-Fi portal, Bluetooth is typically used to connect one device to another. Bluetooth doesn’t rely on Wi-Fi to operate either – if you have two Bluetooth compatible devices, they can take part in wireless two-way communication.
What are the applications of bluetooth technology?
One common use for bluetooth technology is devices that you use with your laptop or desktop computer, such as a mouse, keyboard, printer and webcam. As these are going to be used in close proximity to one another, bluetooth technology is a good option for connecting these devices.
Wireless headphones are becoming increasingly popular as a more convenient way to make phone calls and listen to music without getting into a tangled mess. The sound quality from wireless headphones is also improving. Many of these headphones use bluetooth technology as they are only required to pair with your device from a short distance.
Often we need to transfer files such as images, videos and music files from one device to another. If you have both devices with you but you’re not connected to Wi-Fi, an easy way to do this is through using bluetooth technology! Simply set up a connection and send the files you desire between the two devices.
Another incredibly popular use of bluetooth technology in consumer electronics is in portable wireless speakers. This is especially true when the weather is nice and we want to take our music outside with us!
Bluetooth GPS receivers
Another use for Bluetooth technology is GPS. Standalone GPS devices have become less popular now that we have GPS on our smartphones, but for some the accuracy isn’t quite up to scratch, so they choose to use an external Bluetooth GPS receiver to help improve it.
So, there we have it, a summary of just some of the common applications of Bluetooth technology. Although it seems like everything is run by Wi-Fi, Bluetooth is actually more common than you might think!