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Gigabit Wireless Will Link Smartphones To TVs 75

judgecorp writes "More progress for WiGig, the proposal for 3Gbps wireless links on 60GHz radio waves. The WiGig group has signed a deal with VESA, the display standards group, to include WiGig as a fast wireless option in VESA's DisplayPort standard. As well as letting you use a TV as a display for your phone, without having to connect a cable, it will also make synching and file transfer quicker."
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Gigabit Wireless Will Link Smartphones To TVs

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  • by gstoddart ( 321705 ) on Wednesday November 03, 2010 @11:30AM (#34112328) Homepage

    Most are still using nothing, wep, wpa or the wrong wpa-2 options. :-(

    And, just because the WiGig people signed withe the VESA people, have the MPAA/RIAA people allowed this?

    Is broadcasting a movie over unsecured wireless from your phone to a TV an "infringing" use? I'm sure some lawyer will try to say that it is, and you're not allowed to do it.

    They're not usually big fans of new ways for us to use the digital stuff we already have.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 03, 2010 @11:40AM (#34112524)

    The phone is going to replace the desktop and laptop PC for most user. (Ok, someone always point out some niche use that will remain, but it's just that: niche). It will talk to your high res monitor, keyboard, mouse, internet, and other phones, but it'll just be carried with you in your pocket and wherever you go, it will be there too. True mobile computing with all the advantages of fixed resources when you are near them.

    The traditional desktop PC will fade away. Phones are getting increasingly powerful 3D chipsets and will be able to substitute for 98% of what people do with desktops and laptops today but in a portable form factor.

    This is the future of the industry, and it's what all the big players are preparing for.

    Amusingly, it also means a huge shift of power FROM microsoft TO apple and google.

    It also means safer computing and less viruses, because app stores will be a barrier for malware. Will it be perfect? No, but it will be a lot better than the situation today. Don't make the mistake of thinking a replacement has to be perfect: it only ha to be enough better than people move to it large numbers. And the shift has already started.

  • Re:Remote (Score:3, Interesting)

    by somersault ( 912633 ) on Wednesday November 03, 2010 @11:53AM (#34112828) Homepage Journal

    Sounds to me more like turning your phone into a high definition media player that gets rid of the need for a media server and blu-ray/DVD player.

    If they put it into phones then it may also destroy some of the casual gaming console market. Phones often cost more than a Wii, but you still see young people with them all the time. One of my friends the other day was gobsmacked at a "kid.. with.. an iPhone" the other day. If a phone also doubles up as a games console then I can see parents jumping at the opportunity to cut down on costs.

  • Re:Uhh (Score:3, Interesting)

    by obarthelemy ( 160321 ) on Wednesday November 03, 2010 @05:50PM (#34117450)

    looking at what my phone does, and what I do with my PC and TV, I can envision a not-too-distant future where my phone will be my CPU+basic storage unit, and I'll plug it in to a real screen+keybord/mouse/speakers to use it as a desktop, or hook it up to my TV and Stereo for media use.

    A cheap home server/nas (a $80 linux plug computer ?) for more storage and a permanent and fast net connexion, a powerful phone for comfortable destop use and HD+Hifi media playing, and I'm all set. Looking at my current phone's specs (HTC HD2) such power is only 2 or 3 generations away. The main issue is connectivity.

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