Will P2P-Aware WiFi Direct Kill Bluetooth?

A new Wi-Fi system seems to be getting more user-friendly by bringing upon the capability to directly connect with a multitude of devices and could spell the end of rival Bluetooth.

The new specifications of the system, codenamed as “Wi-Fi Direct”, would enable users to set up peer-to-peer (P2P) connections as well as directly connect with range of devices without requiring Wi-Fi router to do it.

As per the Wi-Fi Alliance, the industry group responsible for regulation of the technology, has asserted that the new specifications are likely to be implemented from the second half of the next year,

This would allow users to establish connections between a wide range of devices including desktops, laptops, mobile phones, digital cameras, printers, just to name a few.

The alliance further sees the new Wi-Fi technology not only to be used for usual networking applications, but also for setting up connections between input devices and peripherals.

Edgar Figuero, the executive director for the Wi-Fi Alliance, said: “Wi-Fi users worldwide will benefit from a single-technology solution to transfer content and share applications quickly and easily among devices, even when a Wi-Fi access point isn't available”.

However, some analysts have even opined that the new specification of the Wi-Fi technology could even lead to the demise of Bluetooth technology.

Our Comments

We don't know much about WiFi Direct for now. What about the range (a few yards)? What about the transfer rate and the power consumption. WiFi is notoriously power hungry compared to Bluetooth and the WiFi alliance will have to work pretty hard to outweigh Bluetooth. Now if only they could get something out to rival Wireless HDMI.

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