WIRE-FREE MEDIA WORLD
BLUETOOTH IS A MARVEL FOR WIRELESS SHARING OF DATA. BUT NOW THERE ARE SOME OTHER WONDERFUL EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES THAT ACHIEVE THE SAME PURPOSE.
WHAT IS IT: This is a proprietary technology from Apple that allows users to share video, music and photos wirelessly from their iphone, ipod, ipad or itunes to an
HDTV and speakers.
HOW DOES IT WORK: Airplay works in exactly the same way as DLNA as this technology requires both the devices to be connected to the same Wi-fi network. Once done, tapping
the Airplay icon from videos, Safari, Photos and music (depending upon the streaming) and selecting the available device instantly lets you stream the content. While the latest IOS devices support Airplay, a regular speaker or HDTV can only be connected with the help of either Apple TV or Airport Express. So while buying a new speaker or an audio system, people owning IOS devices should con
sider buying things that are Airplay enabled. DEVICES: Denon, Marantz, Bowers & Wilkins, JBL are the featured partners
WHAT IS IT: DLNA stands for Digital Living Network Alliance. It allows two devices with similar technology to share content over a wired/wireless network. HOW DOES IT WORK: Two DLNA devices should be connected to the same network like the one used for sharing
broadband connection at home. The devices then automatically locate other Dlna-enabled devices on the same network and pair with them instantly for seamless media streaming. This works across different rooms in a house so long as the gadgets are connected to the network. Along with photo, video and music streaming, it can be
used for wireless printing as well. DEVICES: Nokia N8, Samsung Galaxy SII, Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S, Sony Tablet P, Sony Tablet S, Western Digital TV Live Hub,
Sony LED TVS, etc.
WHAT IS IT: Similar to DLNA, Wi-fi Direct is an upcoming technology that allows wireless media streaming and sharing between two Wi-fi Direct-enabled devices independently, that is, without depending on any wired or wireless network.
HOW DOES IT WORK: This technology works without a Wi-fi network. When two Wi-fi Direct-enabled devices are brought close to each other, the pair signal to each other and
invite a secure connection. Once the two devices are connected, a user can use this to share content, synch data, socialise, play games, play audio and video. It is a much faster and quicker way of sharing data between
two gadgets. DEVICES: Samsung Galaxy S/ Samsung
Galaxy SII, LG Optimus 2x, etc.