Just as smartphones have altered the way humans communicate with one another, Bluetooth has changed the way we use smartphones to do that communicating. From the simple act of sitting in the living room with empty hands and untethered by wires while talking on the phone to connecting devices simply with proximity, Bluetooth has rewritten technological communication.
Wireless (and Phoneless) Chatting
The most obvious way Bluetooth has changed communication is in talking on the phone. Bluetooth headsets are extremely lightweight, offer superior sound quality, and allow you to use both your hands for other purposes while you’re on a call. You’re free to clean the house, knit a sweater, or do push-ups while chatting with your parents about your most recent vacation.
Because Bluetooth devices have a range from less than 10 meters to over 100 meters, theoretically you could leave your phone inside, go out to check your mailbox, and come back, all without hanging up the phone or losing the signal. The result is more opportunities to multitask with the ability to move around while you’re on the phone.
Employees often bring devices with Bluetooth capabilities into the office, which gives managers opportunities to add to the office tech. Hands-free headsets connected via Bluetooth give employees more range and easier mobility than headsets with cords. Employees can use Bluetooth connections to wirelessly print documents, connect wireless mice, and even connect their personal devices to projectors and screens for presentations during meetings.
Managers and IT employees should remember that Bluetooth communication in the office needs security measures the same way that any other wireless connection does. Bluetooth in the office is an inevitability, since most electronic devices have Bluetooth capabilities now. If an office hasn’t taken Bluetooth communication into account, security risks may pop up that the office isn’t equipped to handle. Office managers should prepare proactively for Bluetooth connectivity so that it supports the workflow.
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Communication doesn’t only refer to people talking with each other. Electronic devices also communicate via the internet, software, and hardware. Cords connecting devices are becoming a thing of the past. Many devices, from hands-free headsets to smartphone gaming controllers, connect via Bluetooth. That means instant compatibility between Bluetooth-enabled devices. No more plugging in connectors, going through lengthy installation processes, or simply crossing your fingers and hoping everything works out.
Wearables Made Simple
Bluetooth connectivity is one of the perks that makes wearables so popular. When it comes to fitness bands and smartwatches, the ability to easily synch with a smartphone to save and access data is essential. Relying on a Wi-Fi connection would limit how often you could synch your wearables with your smartphone. The more time that passes between synchs, the more data builds up and the longer a connection takes.
With other wearables, Bluetooth is an essential component of comfort. Headphones, for instance, usually link you to your music-playing device via an annoying cord. If they have a wireless connection, like Bluetooth headphones from T-Mobile, they allow you mobility throughout your space, as long as you’re within range of your device. Because the headphones don’t rely on Wi-Fi or LTE connection, your smartphone is free to enjoy the Uncarrier’s speedy network without competing with other devices. No accidental pulling on cords or unplugging yourself. Bluetooth headphones make it easier to work out, dance, or simply shift positions while you’re sitting.
Communication in Transit
Bluetooth has changed driving, too. With Bluetooth connectivity, cars now connect calls directly with speakers and microphones in the cabin, which leaves the driver completely device-free while chatting on the phone. Just a few years ago, you had to drive to a payphone to call someone while you were on the road. Now, you can speak in the interior of your car as though the person on the other end of the call is in your passenger seat.
The convenience Bluetooth adds to daily life hits many arenas, from your phone calls to your car rides to your wearable devices. You probably rely on a Bluetooth connection more than you realize! As the range increases and the technology develops, it will be interesting to see how Bluetooth continues to change the communication landscape.