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Nominated for the European Inventor Award 2012 in the category Industry
Inventor: Jaap Haartsen
Country: The Netherlands
Invention: Bluetooth technology
Company: LM Ericsson Telephone
Working in the mobile phone division of Ericsson in the mid-1990s, Dutch engineer Jaap Haartsen found a revolutionary way to connect electronic gadgets to each other at short range without the use of cables, using a variety of low-power radio frequencies. Now used in more than two billion devices worldwide, Bluetooth has changed not only the way electronic devices connect with each other, but also how people connect and communicate.
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