TOSHIBA HAS ANNOUNCED plans to launch its Transferjet technology, which lets consumers transfer data like music or high-resolution images wirelessly between devices at superfast speed, in kit for tablets, mobile phones and PCs.
Created by the Transferjet consortium over six years ago, the technology is set to arrive in Europe during the fourth quarter as two USB adaptors, one microUSB and one full sized USB, that establish connections for fast data transfer between two devices.
The general idea is that it will allow users to transfer data to one another more quickly and easily, but it is also likely to see integration in retail. For example, you might go into a book shop and touch your tablet to a connection point to instantly download an ebook, thus eliminating any need for transfer cables.
The adapters use wireless technology to transfer data between devices, much like near field communications (NFC). The maximum effective data transfer speed is 375Mbps, meaning Transferjet can transfer a 20-second full HD video clip from one device to another in about one second.
"Transferjet is a close proximity, wireless transfer technology that features simple operation, safe connection and very high data throughput," explained Toshiba. "Touching two devices together automatically initiates data transfer; users can specify and restrict which devices can connect."
The first Transferjet adaptors will be supplied in microUSB format for mobile phones and tablets based on the Android mobile operating system, and in USB format for PCs running Microsoft Windows. Toshiba said that it sees the technology eventually making its way into smaller devices such as smartwatches and other wearables.
When asked whether the technology will be integrated into future smartphones that don't have the connectivity options for microUSB adapters, Toshiba told us to expect "further announcements" about partners launching devices using the TransferJet technology that are expected in the fourth quarter and first quarter of 2015.
When quizzed whether these will include the upcoming iPhone 6, Toshiba refused to comment, so it's unclear whether Apple users will get to benefit from the transfer service.
The adapters initially will be available through retail channels in Central Europe when they launch later this year with a suggested retail price of €59 (about £47) for a set of two USB dongles. Check out the badly dubbed promotional video below for an idea of how it works. µ