One of the most promising technologies to emerge over the past five years has been wireless transfers of high-bandwidth devices. Wireless HD and wireless HDMI both hold a great deal of hope for the way HD video is distributed
, and while Intel's Wireless Display technology
touches on it somewhat, we haven't really seen any shipping products using it. Over on the home entertainment end, things are somewhat more lively. Cables To Go is a company that has been dabbling in this area since the early days, and they know a thing or two about getting your episode of Hulu from that notebook to the HDTV.
The newest product hitting their shelves is the TruLink 60GHz WirelessHD Kit, which enables wireless transmission of a high-definition true 1080p signal between a television and HDMI components such as a Blu-ray player, set-top box, computer or gaming console. This kit is made to connect a video device to a TV without an HDMI cable in between; it's really that simple. If you're in a place that running wires would be difficult, this is your solution. The plug-and-play solution requires no software or drivers to be installed and no setup beyond simply connecting the transmitter and receiver to the television and HDMI component.
Currently, the one-port (so, one device at a time) device is up for pre-sale at $499.99, which is far lower than the $1000+ that some companies are charging for similar setups. It will ship in early June.
“WirelessHD is on the cusp of huge growth, and the Cables To Go kit with
its quality, features and price point is well positioned to be a strong
player in the market,” said Gary Hess, vice president of innovation for
Lastar, parent company of Cables To Go. “This is true not only for the
consumer market, but our relationships and experience in additional
vertical markets will help us lead adoption and growth.”
Additional features of the WirelessHD Kit from Cables To Go include:
Wireless transmission of true 1080p signals
Plug and play with no software, drivers or setup required
Auto Power function automatically turns off attached component
when transmitter is turned off
WirelessHD 1.0 certified for compatibility with other certified
HDMI 1.3 compatible
Supports 7.1 channel surround sound