Apple has invented a smart Wi-Fi Direct headset, which could allow individuals to better communicate with one another across a range of different professional and personal environments. The invention itself is outlined in a patent published recently by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Patently Apple has the scoop, and explains that the Wi-Fi Direct headset could allow users to communicate with friends or co-workers wirelessly at conferences, on factory floors, or even while gaming online. Because the headset is Wi-Fi Direct, there'd be no hassle with configuring Wi-Fi networks, Bluetooth, or cellular. In theory, the headset sounds like a dream to use – especially if it integrates with Siri. Patently Apple adds:
Wi-Fi Direct is a certification mark for devices supporting a technology that enables Wi-Fi devices to connect directly, making it simple and convenient to do things like print, share, sync and display. Products bearing the Wi-Fi Direct certification mark can connect to one another without joining a traditional home, office or hotspot network. Below is a simple ABC introduction to Wi-Fi Direct beyond communications.
Point-to-Point Communication (as per the patent) could be established from compatible iOS devices using a graphical user interface (UI), though Apple notes that the invention will also apply to its MacBooks and iMac desktop computer, or even “an article of clothing” that’s yet-to-be-announced.
Patently Apple, like myself, muse on the prospect of an Apple-designed Star Trek communication badge. Sounds interesting enough to me, Jim. Of course, we’ll keep you posted with further information concerning the invention’s development as we receive it.