Remember when there was a big buzz around when the Bluetooth technology was introduced for the first time ever? It was a game changer; people use it to transfer data, connect to other phones, connect to hosts of devices to work with the phone like headphones, speakers, and the likes. The technology has grown so much that Bluetooth became the standard to wireless connections. It’s stable, consistent, and fast when it is at close range which makes things easier in cancelling out the whole infra-red technology. There are now 4 versions of Bluetooth each improving from the last in either connection stability or power efficiency. It is something we cannot live without nowadays.
Remember also the hype for wireless charging? Every single consumer wants a piece of that action. Of course Apple iPhone users never got to experience wireless charging but they have always been different from the rest anyway. It was introduced first in a Palm device and then adopted by more and more devices. Everyone thought it was the next step for wireless technology. Until people actually realise that it was not an efficient way to charge your devices
Something else also went popular after its launching. The Near Field Communication (NFC) chip shows us that the world does not need buttons when we can use NFC detection to launch different functions. It could be paired with other wireless connection features as well to perform specific functions like data transfer, or audio/video streaming. But after a while these wireless features really took a backseat and was taken for granted. The reason for that is that they are insufficient. Data transfers on Bluetooth 4.0 nowadays are fast, but they are not fast enough for us to stream say an HD video live without chops. Wireless charging really took a backseat due to the amount of power it uses to charge our devices’ batteries at rates twice as slow as it is on regular cables, it is too slow to be practical enough. NFC is just a mere feature nowadays to trigger Bluetooth connections or in a much better scenario, a method of e-payment.
So are there no new breakthroughs in the mobile world to make us less dependent of cables? It seems though there is.
Welcome to Kayssa, a sort of secret start-up in Silicon Valley headed by Eric Almgren. Being so secretive about their projects could mean that getting funding is hard. But look at the brands that they have already attracted as partners; Samsung, Intel, and Dolby. These are big names in their own industries, probably the biggest names in respective industries. They are supporting Kayssa’s project named Kiss Connectivity.
Kiss Connectivity – The Wireless Revolution
So what is Kiss? Why do companies like Samsung, Intel, Dolby, NantWorks, and Also Louie invest in the small secret Silicon Valley start-up? Kiss Connectivity is a new wireless technology developed by Kayssa to possibly eliminate the use of cables and connectivity ports on our electronic gadgets in the future. With the things that is can do, it might very well replace all our cables indeed. They claim that the connectivity module is only about the size of a coffee bean. A wireless module that small saves a ton of space allowing some insanely crazy thin designs, who knows that newer generations of this technology only makes the modules smaller allowing for paper-thin wafer designs on our devices. But the size too means that cable free devices does not have to be heavy or bulky to consumers.
What it does though is what is amazing. With a new USB 3.0, which we already consider to be lightning fast for data transfers, 1080p Full HD format videos take about a full minute to transfer. With Kiss, you do not need to plug anything onto your laptop or storage device; no cables, no physical connections. What you do is bring two devices with Kiss enabled, lets say a Kiss enabled hard drive and a Kiss enabled tablet device. The proximity of the two devices kicks the Kiss engine alive and initiates a high-speed (when I say high-speed, it is more like insane, super-speed) data transfer at the rate of up to 6-Gigabits every second. That means every 1GB is transferred every second the two devices connect, a 1080p Full HD movie will take as little as five seconds to transfer from device to device. It is like Bluetooth on steroids!
Kiss Cables Away, The Wireless Age is Nigh
We mentioned that Kiss is so small that it can be fitted in any insanely tight spaces which could revolutionise the design of smartphones, tablets, computers; even age old technologies like the television can be redesigned into something revolutionary. The almost instant nature of Kiss technology could just mean that everything can be connected through Kiss and still run at speeds we are used to today, without using a single cable module. Of course the Kiss technology also plays nice to the current wired or wireless connection out there. It is even compatible with power sources and storage which means that the age of wireless charging could come back and this time much stronger than before.
The best part about the Kiss module is that it will not be interfered with other connections, nor signals, nor different material builds. Which means that you can have a fully aluminium device, or waterproofed design for all devices. The whole package can be sealed with almost no gaps to be found. Amazing is it not?
When Do We Get a taste?
The Kiss project have raised about USD40 million (MYR138.8 million) so far from the five investors we mentioned. They also have hired about 40 people to be working on bringing this technology to light. One of those delinquents that are working on this project is Tony Fidell, chairman of Kayssa, founder of Nest Labs, and father of iPod. It does not hurt as well to mention that his smart appliances company Nest was bought over by Google for USD 3 billion (MYR10.41 billion) earlier this year. The project has been going on since 2011 and although there are no specific dates revealed on the release of the first devices to use this technology there are mentions that 2015 is the year to look out for this game changing technology.
Are you excited with this technology? We are. Very.
Sources: Kayssa via Android Authority