By Chris Nicholls

TOKYO: All bar two of the world’s largest CE companies have joined forces to develop a wireless high definition data transfer technology, which could allow near instant data sharing between devices just by touching them together.

According to the TransferJet Consortium, which includes Sony, Samsung, Panasonic, Pioneer, Toshiba, Hitachi, Canon, Nikon and JVC, the new system will allow devices within three centimetres of each another to transfer video, audio or pictures at up to 375 Mbps (560 theoretical).

While no date was given as to when the technology would emerge, the consortium stated the system would enable a person, for example, to transfer high definition video from their camcorder to a flat panel TV by simply resting the camera on the television.

Another possible use would be to transfer music from a stereo to a mobile phone instantly, the consortium said.

According to a release, the TransferJet Consortium plans to “promote a wide range of products and services incorporating TransferJet technology with the aim of accelerating its adoption throughout the consumer electronics industry”.

“The TransferJet Consortium will develop specifications and guidelines ensuring interoperability between products incorporating the technology, establish licensing schemes and administer the use of the TransferJet logo.

“The Consortium will also promote the advantages across industries and to consumers. Through these initiatives, the Consortium will aim to create and expand the market for TransferJet products,” the release said.

The full list of companies involved at this point in time is below.

Sony (TransferJet Consortium administration)
Eastman Kodak
Victor Company of Japan
Matsushita Electric Industrial (Panasonic)