It’s another one of these “it’s only a matter of time” type of deals, just like the unfortunate passing of Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin: You know it’s got to happen eventually. Home phones lost their cords a long time ago, high-speed internet has gone wireless for some time too, and now it’s time for hi-def TV to do the same. That’s right, wireless HDMI is on its way and it’s coming sooner than you might expect.
Tzero Technologies has teamed up with Analog Devices Inc. and they have created a prototype that takes cables out of the HDMI picture. This wireless HDMI interface isn’t propriety, so it will work on any device that takes standard HDMI plugs.
There is a price to pay, however. Just as wireless network speeds aren’t exactly up to snuff with what you can get with an Ethernet wired solution, wireless HDMI comes with a bit of a quality loss. They compress the data using JPEG 2000, though they say that the “artifacts are barely noticeable.”
In any case, you’ll be able to test it out for yourself this November when Tzero launches wireless HDMI. No word on pricing.