updated 10:00 am EDT, Wed April 30, 2008
Sharp Wireless HDMI
Sharp has revealed itself as one of the first TV makers to officially embrace wireless video linkups for its TVs, according to news from DVICE. Upcoming versions of the company's AQUOS X-series HDTVs will include a slot for an Amimon-made WHDI (Wireless High Definition Interface) adapter that accepts both audio and video wirelessly from a matching transmitter; any HDMI devices plugged into the transmitter can broadcast at up to 100 feet away without a sacrifice in quality, including the native 1080p resolution and surround sound.
The feature works properly even through multiple walls with virtually no lag and should allow users to set up multi-room home theaters that share only one set of media readers across multiple TVs, the report adds.
The AQUOS sets should already be on sale in Japan at sizes of 37, 42, and 46 inches, and are likely to be adapted for a North American release at a later date. Pricing in the West should see the WHDI adapter add $800 to the cost of a given set. Sony is already committed to the technology itself and will be complemented by accessory makers at Belkin and Sanyo. [title image via Impress; rest via DVICE]
Sharp's WHDI adapter (top) and receiver (bottom)
WHDI adapter installed in the back of an AQUOS set