Intel is taking more steps to provide what it calls “wire-free” computing by 2016, a plan the company first talked about publicly in June at the Computex trade show.
The company is developing a smart dock through which laptops can wirelessly connect to monitors and external peripherals, it said in a blog entry.
The dock will remove the need to plug HDMI or DisplayPort display connectors directly into laptops. The wireless dock will provide USB 3.0-like speeds to transfer data to external peripherals.
“When you walk in the office with your laptop, it will automatically link with your wireless-enabled monitor or projector to deliver an HD streaming experience without the hassle of plugging into your HDMI or DisplayPort,” Intel said.
I already do something much like this, although I have to connect one cable from my dock to a USB port on my laptop. Once that is done, though, I’ve got the big screen, all my peripherals including a CDDVD drive, and my analog sound system with the Mighty Advents connected and ready to go. Very handy.
I use this thing: Anker® USB 3.0 Dual Display Universal Docking Station with DVI/HDMI of up to 2048 x 1152, Audio, Gigabit Ethernet, and 6 USB ports (2 USB 3.0 + 4 USB 2.0) for Windows (19V / 2A Power Adapter included) – Black