USBs Are Going Wireless

by | Mar 19, 2014 | Blog

wirless usb technologyIt seems that every facet of technology is going ‘wireless’ these days.  With the hassles of tangled wires, finding a power source and the sheer time of waiting for devices to charge, it seems like a step in the right direction.  The computer industry now wants an easier way to back up and sync data across wireless devices without any cords – so the Wireless USB was created.

USB drives have been wildly popular and ports are now being installed across most major brands of PCs, televisions, cameras, cars and phones.  The original versions govern how devices connect and transfer data, using a universal software.  These new Media Agnostic USBs (MA-USB) also include this software  but they also all run on top of a range of radio frequencies and wireless communication technologies.

“MA-USB is designed to allow the USB protocol to operate over a variety of different media types, whereas Wireless USB was designed to operate only over WiMedia UWB,” the standards group said. The technology is designed to connect various devices to one-another to communicate, sync and charge.  As long as a device supports wi-fi, the MA-USB will functionally operate as long as the operating system is updated.  So, theoretically, a phone which does not support the new technology today will be able to in the future with a simple software update.  There is absolutely no new hardware required.

So what does this mean for the computing industry?  It is the first step in developing devices that charge gadgets much more rapidly, which could even lead to the extinction of laptop and device cords altogether.  The technology arena is ever-evolving, but there is a definitive push towards becoming wireless altogether.  Keep an eye out for these new wireless MA-USB devices, as you will see them more widely adopted by businesses and consumers throughout the year.