Do you fancy a wire-free laptop? Well you’re in luck because Intel have just made a prototype one, and it's an amazing technological advancement in computing. The laptop prototype has the capability to charge wirelessly and connect to peripherals without cables, with the idea behind it being it frees users from carrying a bulky power adapter, since the laptop recharges after being placed on a wireless charging table or surface. Alongside this the prototype is also able to connect wirelessly to external displays through something called Wi-DI which means wireless display technology, which could possibly eliminate HDMI and Display ports. Furthermore Intel are also looking to link laptops to peripherals like external storage devices through the emerging Wi-Gig technology, which is much faster than Wi-Fi with data transfer speeds of 7G bits per second which is incredibly fast.
The idea of wire free laptops was talked about by Intel around June time last year, and Kirk Skaugen of Intel while showing the laptop off said it would be the world’s first PC where you’d never need to connect a wire to it. But as of this moment the laptop is only going to be shipped to software developers looking to write applications that take advantage of the wire-free features, so we have to wait before it will be released for the public.
The biggest plus to come out of the announcement of the prototype was that several laptop makers were on board and supporting Intel’s vision of wire-free computers, for instance Lenovo wants to bring such features to its business laptops. What’s key to Intel for wire free laptops is partnerships with other companies because at the moment wire-free technology isn't practical today, as wireless peripherals aren’t available and wireless charging surfaces haven’t been installed in restaurants and other spaces, so there is a long way yet to go for the technology.