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:

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