TECH | When giving a well-rehearsed business presentation or holding a high-calibre meeting, the last thing you need worry about is tripping over those daft and annoying cables between your laptop and an overhead screen or projector – but until now, those cables have largely been a necessity.
Intel Pro WiDi technology – yes, that’s ‘WiDi’, short for Wireless Display – instead beams your laptop or tablet to a display nearby with both picture and sound in full HD quality.
(Imagine that it’s like an HDMI cable, but without the HDMI cable.)
For WiDi to function, you’ll need two things: the first being a WiDi-capable screen or projector on which to output your images – either with native WiDi support or with an easy-to-install Actiontec ScreenBeam Pro add-on ($199.99) which attaches to a spare HDMI port.
Paired with that, a Windows laptop, tablet or 2-in-1 device running Intel’s latest Core vPro chips – include the Core M, i5 and i7 series – which supports WiDi right out of the box.
Older Intel-powered Windows laptops can also run WiDi by attaching a USB dongle such as the $59.99 ScreenBeam Mini2 USB transmitter.
That means you won’t need to buy a new laptop – or indeed, a new HDTV or projector – to make use of Intel WiDi... and because the ScreenBeam add-ons are portable, you can take these with you anywhere in the world.
When that meeting rolls around, Intel WiDi devices support two projection modes well-suited to business – one for round-tables where colleagues can ‘request to present’, and another for moderator-style meetings where one person electronically asks others to have their turn.
To keep your information confidential, you’ll get clear on-screen prompts before you commence screen sharing and also after it’s switched off, and there’s an option to verify that you’re linked-up to the right screen before anything more is displayed.
And of course, for simple presentations or group lectures, Intel WiDi displays can be configured in solo mode to prevent any interruptions from colleagues.
For more information on Intel Pro WiDi, head to the Intel Australia website.
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