WiDi Pro could bring Wireless Collaboration in 2013

Updated on 14 November 2012 by


Intel’s Wireless Display (WiDi) offering has been through a number of improvements over the last few years and the current V3 offers some interesting low-latency, USB-return-path and protected content features. In a new WiDi Pro version though, outed by Rick Echevarria, vice president of Intel’s Architecture Group in an interview with ITPro, you’ll see screen to screen collaboration.

According to the report we’ll be seeing WiDi Pro launch in 2013 and as well as new encryption features you’ll be able to share screens. It sounds like Ultrabooks will becoming WiDi receivers as well as transmitters. As WiDi works over current Intel WiFi technology should be nothing to stop the current models getting a firmware upgrade to support this 2-way collaboration feature.

In the ITPro feature you’ll read about a couple of interesting scenarios. Working (or playing) with a colleague over a local LAN or even WiFi Direct could be possible. Sending your presentation direct to a laptop screen will certainly help focus the audience away from their Twitter feeds.

More details aren’t available at this stage but with a USB back-channel, maybe there’s some interactivity possible. Timescales could be into Q3.

You can also read a bit more about Intel’s Ultrabooks for Business in the article so head on over and check it out.

Source: ITPro

3 Comments For This Post

  1. Clio says:

    This is very nice development. If this gets into consumer products before fanless core i5s, we may start to see 500gram Atom Tablets as receiver, while the keyboard dock is a full core i5/i7 computer (or an Intel NUC w/ battery) beaming the screen to the tablet from bag.

  2. Chippy says:

    Nice thought.

  3. guy says:

    Sounds expensive and leaving an actively running device in a bag doesn’t sound very good.

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  1. CES 2013 Ultrabook Predictions (and a peak into 2013) « Ultrabook News and the Ultrabook Database says:

    […] A collaborative meeting between rows on a plane and new gaming environments are also enabled. Intel spoke briefly about WiDi Pro in November last year but there hasn’t been any official announcement […]

  2. IDF Beijing Keynote Highlights WiDi and Next-Gen Ultrabooks. « Ultrabook News and the Ultrabook Database says:

    […] Currently at version 3, there are  also hints of version 4 and a business version (WiDi Pro we suspect) coming […]

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