A groundbreaking development in Wi-Fi technology will make it easier to share and print pictures and documents across a range of devices.
From next year, new technology will allow wireless laptops, cameras, phones and printers to connect to each other without joining a traditional home, office, or hotspot network.
The new development is a result of work from industry group the Wi-Fi Alliance who are working on the new Wi-Fi Direct specification.
Wi-Fi hot spots
Wi-Fi Direct will automatically scan for local existing hotspots and any enabled devices, such as cameras, phones and computers.
Which? Computing researcher Andy Woodward said: ‘This is a really exciting development making it easy for consumers to take advantage of the high speeds offered by Wi-Fi connections.’
The impact of the new technology could spell the end of wireless routers in some cases and Bluetooth, which is currently used widely to share photos across mobile phones.
The Alliance’s executive director Edgar Figueroa said: ‘Wi-Fi Direct represents a leap forward for our industry. Wi-Fi users worldwide will benefit from a single-technology solution to transfer content and share applications quickly and easily among devices, even when a Wi-Fi access point isn’t available.’
The Wi-Fi Alliance plans to publish its peer-to-peer specification upon completion, and will begin certifying devices for the Wi-Fi Direct designation in 2010. Only Wi-Fi Alliance member companies, which include industry giants Microsoft and Apple, will be able to stamp their products with the Wi-Fi Direct logo.
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