Remember WiDi? Intel
's Wireless Display? It's still around, but honestly, it hasn't caught nearly the wind that Apple's AirPlay has, and even the "Ultrabook" terms seems to have caught on more than WiDi, despite enabling all new realms of wireless enjoyment in entertainment. But clearly, wireless is here to stay, and the Wi-Fi Alliance has just announced that it'll be finalizing its certification program for Wi-Fi devices to support display applications, and that it has defined a new mark to designate products that have passed certification. As for a name? It'll be called Wi-Fi Certified Miracast.
If you're wondering, those devices will make use of a Wi-Fi connection to deliver audio and video content from one device to another, without cables or a connection to an existing Wi-Fi network. These devices connect directly, so you can do things like watch videos from a smartphone on a big screen television or share a laptop screen with the conference room projector to collaborate in real-time. Televisions, set-top boxes, notebooks, handsets and tablets are among the device types which will be certified. Certified products will also have implemented the Wi-Fi Display Specification, which will be published in August, and will have proven interoperability through testing at an authorized laboratory.
Naturally, we'll be looking forward to back-to-school and holiday season laptops that have this installed; WiDi could use a boost, and hopefully Miracast will be the catalyst required to kickstart interest in the mainstream.