Connecting to each other

Connecting to each other2000

Bluetooth headset

Bluetooth technology has been around since 1999. It enables wireless communication between a sender and receiver (for instance, a mobile phone and a headset, or a mobile phone and a car stereo). The technology is a joint venture between Ericsson, IBM, Toshiba, Nokia and Intel. The name came from Harald Bluetooth, a Danish Viking king who united Denmark and Norway and was a good speaker. The project group took the name as they worked across countries and in harmony. (From the catalogue 2004.)

Connecting to each other1990

Pager Minicall Doro

The pagers that came in the 1990s were effective tools for parents looking for their children or business people stuck in meetings. (From the catalogue 1995.)

Connecting to each other1920

Monogram stamp

Your own stamp bearing your own monogram lets you create nice letter-heads, regardless of what paper you use. Talk about giving weight to your messages. (From the catalogue, 1924.)

Connecting to each other1990

Caller ID

In the mid-1990s, external number presenters – or “Caller IDs” – became popular. They showed you who had called if you didn’t answer. Advanced models also let you save the name of the caller. (From the catalogue 1998.)

Connecting to each other1940

Telegraphy key

The manual key allowed the user to send dot-and-dash telegraphic signals in Morse code. (From the catalogue 1948.)

Connecting to each other1980

Pager set

The pager allowed middle management across the country to call up to six people at the office with just one push of a button. (From catalogue 1984.)

Connecting to each other1990

Fax machine

Before email conquered the world, the fax (which was invented as far back as 1843!) was the technology used for the electronic transfer of images. That’s how we sent signed contracts or interesting articles to each other. From a technical perspective, the fax read the image that was sent and turned into electrical impulses that were sent via the telephone grid. The receiving fax interpreted the signal and printed the message. (From the catalogue 1999.)

Connecting to each other1930

House phone

For short-range calls, local phones were often installed. They worked within a building and sometimes between nearby houses. The microphone was made from Bakelite. (From the catalogue 1933.)

Connecting to each other1960

Intercom

Open and shared office spaces are a relatively new solution. In Sweden in the 1960s, most executives had their own office. The intercom made sure that your office neighbours were never further away than the push of a button. (From the catalogue 1965.)

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