I can’t explain why “consortium” sounds like a dirty word to me—it’s just the way I’m wired, I guess. Or, in the case of the new WirelessHD Consortium, the way I’m
I’ll give you three guesses as to what exactly
the WirelessHD Consortium
is up to. Nope, it’s not a plan to standardize buffalo wing spiciness. Nor are they working on a way to make sure that the clothing store will always have pants in your size. Though both of those would be useful. Give up? They’re out to make a standard for transmitting HD signals over wireless. Geez, why not just say so?
The current members include LG, Matsushita (better known as Panasonic), Samsung (we call him “Sammy”), SiBEAM, Sony (and Cher), and Toshiba (Tosh, to you and me). Using the 60GHz frequency, they hope to stream uncompressed, full quality HD video over distances of up to 32 feet, with no need for line of sight. This is different from the
Wireless HDMI product
we covered some months ago; that would necessitate compression for resolutions of 720p or more.
I’m all for fewer wires, though at some point I suppose all these wireless signals flitting around will probably start to strange things to humanity. Like make them crave buffalo wings and pants.