Time for some real innovation, then! In their quest for a world without wires, tablet makers are gearing up to include a new USB standard in their slates that will allow connection with PCs wirelessly.

No more physically connecting USB cables to pair the two devices.

According to this report, an exciting new USB standard has been developed that allows for high-speed wireless communication between tablets and PCs. Dubbed Media Agnostic USB, this technology can be used to transfer files from one device to another without the hassle of wires.

Not sold on the name, personally. Media Agnostic USB? Seriously?

Anyway, this new standard acts like a bridge between devices and docking stations allowing communication via the USB protocol, without a physical USB chord. And it offers universal compatibility.

It supports WiFi (2.6GHz and 5GHz bands), WiGi (60 GHz) and WiMedia UWB radios (3.1GHz all the way to 10.6GHz). No limitations on the USB technology either, with support for USB 3.0, USB 3.1 and even the widely supported USB 2.0.

All WiFi devices are supported, and the only thing you need is a driver update for your operating system.

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  1. This is a logical next step, but that doesn’t mean I’m not excited! If this works well, we are just one step closer to wireless chargers! 🙂

    • Wireless chargers exist already. They’re just caught in a web of copyrights. Also would mean a thicker device.

      • I didn’t realize this was the case, Jason. Like Sally, I assumed they just haven’t been invented yet. Having said that, I’m not surprised they’re caught in a web of copyrights. A thicker device may be a necessary evil, but I hope will get to a point where that won’t be the case. Thanks for the info either way.

        • They have demonstrated a 42″ TV can run completely wireless including power with no battery using magnetic inversion coils I believe. To induce a current and therefore power a device up to 3 feet away in the demo. Its great stuff, very efficient now, no signal disruption to stuff like wifi, and its slowly coming to us. 😉

  2. So as long as youre connected to the same wifi this will work, or do you need to be within a certain distance? Either way, definitely better than wires or having to carry around a portable usb!

  3. Game changer for sure! I’ve had countless problems with USB ports breaking or losing files and hurting me at the worst possible moment. This should help a lot of that! Looking forward to it.

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