A Simpler Way Of Connecting Devices
A new protocol threatens to upend Bluetooth and change the way we share between devices.
In an age of ‘magical,’ even ‘revolutionary’ tech products, it’s hard to believe that device-to-device sharing is still so frustrating. Until now, we’ve been limited to physical tethering, clunky Bluetooth pairing, or connecting via networks. This is something the Wi-Fi Alliance is hoping to change.
Wi-Fi Direct is their answer to that problem. Announced last year, this device-to-device protocol began device certification last week. It differs from Bluetooth and other offerings in a few ways, most notably simplicity, ‘one-to-many’ connections, and no hardware requirements. Engadget reports: