A few months back, we started hearing about WiFi Display technology and how it could be featured by smartphones, tablets and TVs by the end of 2012. Unfortunately, while it sounded like a fantastic idea in theory, we haven't heard anything since then about any developments in the field; it has recently felt as if the technology was never going to become reality.
However, when the industry’s major players fail to make headway in a new technology area, we often see small, unknown companies shock us with their ideas and development. This is exactly the case in this example, where we failed to hear anything official from Samsung or LG, but we spotted something very interesting from… E.S.R. Labs.
Embedded Software Research Labs is the full name of the software startup company that is currently working on the Android Transporter project and the progress they’ve made so far is truly breathtaking. Android Transporter is a real-time WiFi Display for Android and has only been made to work so far on the Nexus S.
However, as you’ll be able to see with your own eyes in the video clip at the end of the post, the technology looks absolutely remarkable and might open up an entire new world of possibilities. The Android Transporter allows you to wirelessly connect a Nexus S to another Nexus S and display contents of one phone to another.
That doesn't sound very impressive, does it? But what if we were to tell you that the guys at ESR Labs are confident they can make the technology work on any Android smartphone and tablet, as well as on TVs, beamers, and car infotainment systems? Does that sound like something you would be interested in?
It should, especially seeing that the project is quite functional, with good performance and responsiveness on the two Nexus S phones showcased in the video. I can't tell you everything that would be possible if the Android Transporter project were extended to other gadgets and commercially launched; just think of how cool it would be to play a game on two phones, using one of the devices as a controller and the other one only for its display. Alternatively, imagine how easy it would be to link content from your phone to a TV or any other gadget.
Don’t forget to check out the video clip below showing you how the Android Transporter works. If you’re willing to help out the project’s advancement, you should know that there’s a thread on the XDA-Developers forum where you can talk with the Transporter’s developers. Better yet, you can go directly to the ESRLabs official website! Enjoy the clip and let us know what you think of this new project and its chances to be commercially made available in the near future.