Asus, Amimon show off WHDI-based wireless 3D gaming video kit

Amimon teams up with Asus to announce WAVI, the first 3D wireless PC-to-TV gaming package.

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The WHDI-based WAVI from Asus, the first 3D wireless PC-to-TV gaming package.
The WHDI-based WAVI from Asus, the first 3D wireless PC-to-TV gaming package. Amimon

LAS VEGAS--You want to connect your desktop computer to a big-screen TV so your gaming can go big, literally? Now you can do that, and more, wirelessly.

Amimon, a prominent member of the Wireless Home Digital Interface (WHDI) consortium, together with Asus today announced the WAVI 3D wireless PC-to-TV package. This kit is the first of its kind to enable consumers to wirelessly connect a desktop PC to a TV with support for 3D content.

This means you now can enjoy 3D PC video games as well as 3D movies on any 3D-capable HDTV, using the PC as the player.

The Asus WAVI PC-to-TV wireless kit basically transfers the entire content of the PC's screen onto that of the TV. It includes a virtual USB link allowing you to wirelessly control the PC from a long distance. This is a much-needed feature, as most of the time the computer is located in a different room than the TV in the living room. This means you now can control both the TV and the PC literally from the couch.

Asus has been a strong supporter of WHDI technology and was one of the first to adopt WHDI with an Amimon chipset with the WiCast EW2000 PC-to-TV product it unveiled in August 2010.

According to Amimon, the WHDI standard used by the Asus WAVI is capable of delivering the highest image quality, which is uncompressed 1080p/60Hz HD video, from up to 100 feet away, through walls, and can support multiple wireless links, so you can stream from one source to multiple TVs. The standard utilizes a 40MHz channel in the 5GHz unlicensed band.

In a recent demo, the standard showed basically no lag time, allowing for fast-paced interaction, which is required for gaming.

The WAVI supports the 3D format required by the HDMI 1.4a specification. It supports HDCP revision 2.0, providing security and digital content protection, and is fully compatible with HDMI.

The Asus WAVI will be available during the first quarter of the year. Its price is yet to be determined.