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There seems to be a perception out there that a completely wireless living room is still a “thing of the future.” Well, this could not be further from the truth. A completely wireless living room is possible right now and is probably better than you think it will be.
There is such a thing as the “status quo bias,” which means that people are generally inclined to prefer things as they are and fear change. This bias can lead to assumptions that new advancements are perpetually in a state of unreadiness. We see this often when it comes to the wireless living room. However, we have good news. We are ready! With WHDI technology, the wireless living room is possible and what’s better, it delivers the full promise of wireless technology — not having to think about how your devices are connected. That means not having to worry about weak signals or poor performance or subpar video and audio. No wires to trip over, no signals to adjust, just your devices, in their best quality, mirrored to your TV.
That is here! We can do all of this now. WHDI is not a technology of the future, it is a technology of the present, so get onboard!
Lost in the (justifiable) fervor of the desire for wireless video mirroring is the other half of what comprises home entertainment: audio. Remember audio? Without it, your HD video content amounts to nothing more than beautiful slideshows. Some wireless video solutions seem to have forgotten about this necessary component of home entertainment, business presentations, etc., which got us thinking, doesn’t audio matter?
Of course it does! WHDI remembers audio, which is why we have made sure WHDI technology supports High-Definition audio, 5.1-channel surround sound, in addition to 2D and 3D video resolutions up to 1080p. Oh, and it can go through walls. And, you know what? That all matters!
WHDI stands alone as the only wireless HD content mirroring technology that offers the full triple threat: audio, 3D video and the freedom to mirror through walls. It is that range of service that sets WHDI above the rest, because it accommodates all needs and does not limit any functionality of your devices when you mirror them. You get full quality audio and video, 2D and 3D, so anything your device can do, your big screen can mirror, with amazing quality. You don’t need a barrage of solutions, tailored to each type of activity you are trying to mirror, or worse you don’t need to stop mirroring to use other functions. Any content you want to use, WHDI technology can mirror. That is why it is the only true triple threat on the market. We mirror everything.
We touched on the increase in entertainment choices available to the consumer earlier in our piece, Bring The Stream Back In, but the story of choice-culture does not end there. For every well-known platform, which is being used to stream digital content that you can name, there are many more, that you have never heard of. And increasingly, people rely on these smaller platforms for their favorite entertainment.
Any advancement in living room technology has to take into account the full breadth of options the Internet makes available. It’s not enough to just offer Hulu or Netflix. Users rely on the entire Internet for entertainment and will go to wherever they can find this flexibility. In a given day (for instance, my day yesterday), a user can stream content from Netflix, Hulu, Funny Or Die, CollegeHumor, YouTube, Vimeo, Tumblr, Facebook, PBS.org, the BBC, CNN and on and on. Notebooks can handle all of that. Tablets and smartphones can to a lesser extent. What’s left? The TV.
Many solutions aimed at bringing Internet content to the TV focus rather narrowly on what they consider to be the user demand. But, as we showed above, the demand is wide-ranging and if there is anything early adapters do not enjoy, it’s being told they cannot have the flexibility to which they have become accustomed. Many people use Smart TV offerings in conjunction with their tablet and notebooks, where they watch what they cannot find on their TV. We think it would be better to put everything in one place, specifically in the place best designed for entertainment, the TV. And by mirroring the full Internet experience from other devices to the TV, WHDI allows users just that flexibility. There are no walls, just mirrors.
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First, let’s look at the devices that started this revolution in consumer behavior. The iPhone hit the market only a few short years ago, in the summer of 2007, but it did not take long for smartphones of every variety to become a ubiquitous part of modern life. With smartphones came an adjustment in the demands put on data and content. Where before, laptops offered a degree of mobility, smartphones offered virtually unlimited mobility. Then came tablets, which combined the mobility with a more viewer-friendly experience. People got used to getting high quality content, when and where they wanted.
So where is the TV in all of this? It is still there, but out of the loop. TV’s biggest problem is that it can’t move. However, that is also its biggest advantage. It can’t move because it is the biggest, best picture quality in the household; it is still the king of the household’s media. Pulling the TV back into the loop means connecting it to all the content that came out of the rise of the smartphones and tablets. Mobile devices rely on Internet content, and Internet content has become a crucial part of our culture. So, in order to get the TV back into the loop, it needs to be connected to the content that resides in our mobile devices.
Well dear TVs, if you can’t beat them, join them. WHDI allows TVs to connect to the mobile devices people have fallen in love with and come to depend on since the summer of 2007 by mirroring the content in the devices to the TV. TV stays king, mobile stays the means of finding and storing content. TV is back in the loop.
Just in time for CES, IOGear has announced a variation of its Wireless 3D Digital Kit, now named the Wireless 3D Media Kit. What’s new in this variation? The Kit now offers an analog input, so users can connect older gaming consoles and VCRs and still push the content wirelessly through the home with the standard WHDI benefits: 1080p video content (including 3D content) and 5.1 digital surround sound up to 100 feet through walls to reach an HDTV.
Add this to the growing list of great WHDI technology products. And remember while you are at CES to visit WHDI founding member AMIMON at the AMIMON suite #23121 in the Hilton Hotel to see demos of more of the real-world applications of WHDI technology.
Wouldn’t it be nice if giving presentations worked out like it does in your mind? You roam freely and wirelessly around the room or across the stage, giving a presentation from your tablet. You show a few slides, a short movie, then tab over to an application and demo it, tab over to a spreadsheet of data, then over to a browser to underline a point with an example from the Internet. Everything is mirrored to the screen in full HD, with no lag or delays and no loss of fidelity.
And then, your partner takes over and suddenly, it is his laptop that is mirrored on the screen and he launches into his part of the presentation while you return to your seat. No plugging in and out, no fumbling around machines. No delays or false starts. No troubleshooting. This is how presentations should go. This is what WHDI technology makes possible. Intelligent wireless technology in intuitive; we know how this perfect presentation would look, we know how we want our presentation to go. Now let’s get rid of the sloppy presentation technology once and for all.
Every day, there are more and more wireless devices around us. Each device uses a radio frequency to transmit information wirelessly—frequencies which are a natural resource. However, this resource is becoming increasingly occupied. This is where Cognitive Radio comes in.
Cognitive Radio means that your wireless electronic device senses its environment, analyzes it and changes its wireless transmission parameters to better utilize the radio frequency spectrum, automatically and without your intervention. This is a great and necessary idea, but the actual utilization of it in your home wireless devices is currently very low.
Here is a simple example of Cognitive Radio in use. Cordless phones often had a small button that lets you switch to another frequency every time you have interference. This feature was manual, and easy to miss, which means not everybody was aware of it. It’s a good idea to help give the best possible call quality, but should have been automatic. With WHDI, it is.
Using WHDI, when a link is established with your device, it analyzes many possible RF channels and chooses the best, automatically. You get the best quality, and WHDI doesn’t interfere with other RF systems in the area, i.e. high end 5GHz Wi-Fi access points.
WHDI also monitors its own channels for interferences and once it senses interference, it will automatically jump to another frequency. But WHDI doesn’t just jump to another frequency; it monitors other RF channels at all times, and maintains a list of alternative available channels. So, when faced with interference, WHDI moves to the best free channel.
Finally, WHDI knows how to be flexible in other ways in RF systems. The WHDI standard uses 40MHz channels, which allows for the best HD video quality. In case it needs to work even in an extremely occupied RF environment, WHDI may also support 20MHz channels.
With its flexible and automatic navigation of the RF spectrum, WHDI uses Cognitive Radio to keep your devices connected and with the best quality possible.
This month, HP is launching a new version with a smaller, more convenient WHDI stick to attach to your broadcasting device. Mirror your laptop to your large screen with a simple stick attachment, allowing you to move around and enjoy wireless HD video and audio. Freedom from wires and freedom from bulky attachments. Sometimes, smaller is better.
Last month, Broadcom, a global leader in semiconductor technology, made two moves that signal a shift in their focus and in the video market.
First, Broadcom acquired NetLogic Microsystems in what the New York Times called a “bid to capitalize on the world’s surging data needs.” Second, Broadcom decided to shut down its digital TV operations.
The moves follow a shift in consumer demands away from traditional DTV and toward mobile, multi-device solutions for their content. DTV is becoming a commodity, low margin business and not a key differentiator.
With these moves, Broadcom is making a strategic push into semiconductor chips for advanced networking devices. With NetLogic, Broadcom gains a portfolio of patents and technology that complements its vast chip business for consumer devices like cell phones and set-top boxes. Essentially, Broadcom is moving away from the TV and toward mobile devices as a chief source of content.
More recently, Intel also announced that it is going to “wind down” its DTV business; relocating its resources to “ultrabooks,” smartphones and tablets – which it calls “top corporate imperatives”. Intel also announced an increased focus on IP-based content delivery networks. Clearly, they too believe that the future of the video market lives in multi-device, IP-based solutions.
So where does that leave the TV?
It’s probably more accurate to ask, where does that leave whatever the TV will become? There will always be a market for large, high definition screens, but the way content arrives in that screen is changing. WHDI is part of that change. While Broadcom, Intel and others innovate in mobile devices, WHDI keeps them all connected. Content can come to any device in the house and be mirrored on the TV; with WHDI, content is never locked on one device. WHDI frees users and their content – access it on any device and bring it to any display. Isn’t that what we all want?