One of the biggest challenges with home entertainment systems is what to do with all the wires. HDMI is one attempt to create a data chain to simplify connections between devices, but the potential remains largely unrealized at this point. Wouldn’t it be great if all the components could just talk to each other without wires at all?
Some of the heavy hitters in the HDTV industry have formed the WirelessHD special interest group to explore just such a solution. The roster of founding companies includes LG, Matsushita (Panasonic), NEC, Samsung, Sony, and Toshiba. They hope to have a standard ready for adoption by the spring of 2007. The plan is to use the unlicensed 60 gHz frequency band to deliver high quality sound and video signals across a wireless connection. The system will be designed to incorporate secure communications, and to transmit uncompressed video and audio with quality control features. It will even provide for simple control of devices, so your HDTV can signal the DVD player to turn on.
Others have had put forward wireless connectivity solutions for home entertainment devices before, but this consortium has the power to make something like this stick. Success would be a good thing for consumers.