Intel is showing off a new technology at IDF 2011 called Pair and Share, which lets your iOS and Android devices share video and pictures wirelessly to your Intel computer — and even on to your HDTV with a WiDi adapter.
Similar to AirPlay, which streams video and images to your AppleTV connected HDTV, this new Pair and Share technology can be used to beam media form one device to a larger screen. Sadly you can’t stream from Android phone to iPad.
The Pair and Share technology will only stream videos and photos stored on your device. This means you can’t stream from the Internet to your phone and on to your computer.
Pair and Share is expected later this year, and will likely work with the current 2nd Gen Intel processors found in many current Windows notebooks and desktops.
Unlike AirPlay, this is not limited to an extra piece of hardware, or to one mobile operating system. As an Android phone user and iPad tablet user, I was happy to see these two devices at work in the demo video shot by Avram Piltch from LaptopMag.
The nice thing is that the devices use WiFi, to communicate, so you only need to connect to the same network to make this work. Hopefully the final version will support ad hoc connections so that you can make use of this when there is no WiFi available.
Sadly this software will likely be limited to Windows, so Mac owners will have to go all in on Apple products, as usual.
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