In the year 2000, the company that developed Bluetooth technology, Ericcson, released the first two products that included Bluetooth capability, These were the T36 mobile telephone and the type II PCMCIA adapter card for laptops.
At the time of release, Ericsson projected that Bluetooth would be able to connect up to eight devices at one time from 10 meters.
In 1998, Ericsson, Intel, Nokia, Toshiba and IBM combined to form SIG, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group. No single company owned the technology, so the purpose was to propagate the use of the low-frequency radio technology to connect disparate technologies. The Bluetooth name originates from the 10th century Danish King Harald Blatand, which translates as Harold Bluetooth in English. He was known for helping unite the warring factions of Scandinavia.