The other day we mentioned in the 10.2 SDK Post that Wireless HDMI (WiDi) is coming to the BlackBerry 10 devices later this year (Q5 might be the exception as it does not have HDMI out). Now many of you might now know exactly how it will enrich our experience, so I will break it down. Immediately people I spoke to about this assumed it was a dongle, or that you needed other hardware at your house. It is actually a lot simpler that that.
Currently when streaming media we use DLNA over a network, or we connect our devices directly to the HDMI port on the device, and remained tethered during the experience. Using DLNA, it is a pull experience you are on the streaming peripheral connected to the media storage on your device, and streaming off of it, but using the peripheral as the brain. With WiDi you would still connect to the SmartTV or peripheral like a PS3 or Roku, but this time, you are in control from the device. Sitting on your couch, and controlling the output, right on your phone, and not worrying about anything else.
There are already a few other companies doing this, but it is never truly branded as WiDi, they always give it a proprietary name so the end user truly doesn’t know that this is exactly the same thing. With the API for this being built in the BlackBerry 10.2 SDK’, support for everything is baked in. This will not mean being locked in to the experience the other companies are using or only doing it their way. Developers will have the freedom of showcasing 2 screens at once, one can have one display like media controls while your TV plays a video of your last vacation. Imagine walking in to a conference room and having your Z10 as the presentation remote, and everything streams seamless with you in control.
BlackBerry showcasing this feature solidifies their moving forward with the multimedia experience they have tried to create ever since the PlayBook. It is moving forward with mobile computing, and enhancing the customer experience. Keeping the device in their hands for longer periods of time with dedication to one platforms. I welcome it with open arms, and using the z10 screen as the game pad while playing some of the heavily developed games in HD on a large screen!