updated 03:50 pm EDT, Wed May 20, 2009
Sony TransferJet tech due
Sony is bringing its TransferJet wireless data transmission technology closer to production by announcing recently it is now accepting licensing applications from interested companies. A Wednesday report has Sony taking "adopter" membership from companies that are interested in incorporating TransferJet into their products. TransferJet, which operates on a 4.5GHz radio frequency, lets users transfer data between portable devices at up to 375Mbps when they are about an inch apart. It is faster than wired USB 2.0 and FireWire connections and is supported by Japan, the US, European Union members and South Korea.
Current members of the TransferJet Consortium include Samsung, Toshiba, Kodak, Canon, Nikon, Panasonic, Olympus, Pioneer and Sony Ericsson. The most recent additions include Casio, NEC, NTT DoCoMo, Sharp and SoftBank. The most likely devices to first use the technology should be digital still and video cameras as well as cellphones.
Sony foresees its technology as being used for transferring data between digital devices without the need for a PC and downloading content such as ads, coupons or music from a promotional sign or kiosk. The company is touting ease of use as a major selling point, as there are no settings or security details to adjust. Sony says the extremely close range required for the link to work is a security measure in itself.
Sony first demonstrated TransferJet at CES in January 2008, where a digital camera transferred photos to a TV screen. At this year's CES, Toshiba showed a prototype PDA with embedded TransferJet tech.