Like many other promising technologies, Wireless USB hasn’t really gained the traction many would have hoped. There’s still a few specialized uses for it, however, and local video transfer is one. In fact, Atlona Technologies is set to offer just such a device next month at an MSRP of $199. Since I don’t have any docks and I’m not a fan of the many cables I have at the home office, the AT-HDAiR sounds appealing.
The device uses a rather large USB adapter for your Microsoft Windows-based computer and pipes the video output to a base station connected to an external monitor. The AT-HDAiR can shoot video up to 30 feet in resolutions up to 1440×1050. Video signals from your computer are sent to the base station, which supports both VGA and HDMI connections.
Sounds great, but there’s a downside: The AT-HDAiR supports video only, not audio. Ideally, I’d like to see (or hear) it support sound so I could connect my external Bose speakers to the same base station. That would rid me of another cable tethered to my netbooks and notebooks.