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.

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - DIGITAL LIFE - BY NIDHI SIN­GAL

AIR­PLAY

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

for Air­play.

DLNA

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.

WI-FI DI­RECT

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.

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