Bluetooth 25th Celebration in Jelling
25 years ago Örjan Johansson and I (Jim Kardach) finished business at Lego, then set out on our true journey of paying homage to our technology's namesake. Here we posed in front of the famous Jelling Stone, commissioned by King Harald Bluetooth himself. If you have not heard of the Jelling stone, it is the largest runic stone in the world and is considered "Denmark's birth certificate" as it's runes have the first mention of "Denmark". Here we snapped this picture.
Jim and Örjan at the Jelling rune stones, seperated by 25 years
Our day started at the museum where gave some very smart high school students an overview of Bluetooth technology, its use of Hedy Lamarr’s spread spectrum technology, as well as a demonstration of a Jelling King finder using iBeacons. The students were tasked with ideas on how to make the museum better using Harald's namesake technology. At the end of the day we got to review their proposals and had a great time talking with the students. There was some heckling of the presenter (me), but eventually the other founding members stopped trying to set a good example for the students.
Tour of the UNESCO Site
Adam Bak, Curator at the Jelling Viking Kings Museum, mesmerizing us with his story telling skills!
Morten and Christen with Little Harald Unlocking the ribbon to the new Kingnected Exhibit
The “Bluetooth Kingnected” exhibit has some Bluetooth technology artifacts and shows the links between the historic Bluetooth and his namesake technology; it all looked so familiar!
The Kingnected exhibit, Lower left is me with a drawing of me and Harald, lower center is Christian Goldback and I at the Kingnected display. Bottom right is the SIG's version of a rune stone.
If traveling in Denmark, the Danish National Museums are a must see. I have been to the Jelling (focused on the Viking Kings) and the Copenhagen Museums. Both are first class and must see.
The Official Apology
Top: Johann Weber, Anders Edlund, Holger Husseman, Simon Ellis, Örjan Johansson, Jim Kardach, Stephen Nachtsheim, Morten Teilmann-Jørgensen
Comic book: Bluetooth, Vikings and technology
The comic's front cover, Jim and Lakstein Fernandes, found the comic book at the Copenhagen Museum. Lower photo is the comic book autograph line (Örjan, Jim, Simon, Holger, Stephen, Johann, Anders).
Yes we had a Viking Feast. Adam once again amazed us with his telling of history as he stands next to the official Herald. That pig not only looked good, but tasted great!
Once again Adam weaved tales of the past (historic Bluetooth) and present (Bluetooth technology) while servers, dressed as period vikings, served us roasted pig, mead, and some great beer! The servers were all dressed as period vikings of King Harald Bluetooth's time and we had a great time talking about the past, and present with a whole lot of new friends.
So this was really the end of the first day. My wife, Cathy Kardach, who never acquired the taste for beer, drove us back to our hotel in Vejle (another beautiful city) where we went to bed and prepared ourselves for day 2. But that is for another article …
Bluetooth SIG Founding Members
I ran the PM group (I named the groups which hints at my naming genius) which includes myself (Jim Kardach representing Intel), Holger Hussmann (representing Nokia), and Örjan Johansson (representing Ericsson). Missing founding members were Peter Lee who represented IBM and Warren Allen who represented Toshiba.
Sven Mattisson, Jim Kardach and Holger Husseman in a secret location somewhere in Sweden