Father of Bluetooth guest at Innovatiecluster Drachten

News | February 10, 2017

Haartsen is inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame, alongside the Wright brothers, Bell and Edison. His invention, connecting devices to each other and the internet at short distances, belongs in the list of major technological breakthroughs. On Wednesday 9 February, he told the members of Innovatiecluster Drachten the secrets that led to the birth of this new technique.


One of the northern tech companies Innovatiecluster Drachten has contact with is Plantronics, the worldwide player in the field of headsets. The development department is located in Emmen and was previously part of the Swedish Ericsson. This is where bluetooth was born.

Open innovation

Today, the technology is already in 30 billion devices worldwide and this number is growing daily. Not only the technology itself is a unique invention. His invention has also led the technology companies Ericsson, Toschiba, Intel, IBM and Apple to work together to set a standard. This collaboration is called the prime example of smart, open innovation.