Apple Gets Intel to Create "Light Peak" Optical Connection -- All Your Ports Has Belong to Us
According to an Engadget exclusive, Apple brought a new specification for optical port connection to Intel who, after some heated back and forth, has produced Light Peak:
Can one port rule -- and replace -- them all? Do we want to kiss our USB/FireWire, VGA/DVI/DisplayPort, Ethernet, and all other connectors goodbye and replace them with a single, standardized optical cable? Check out Engadget's full post for more, then let us know what you think.
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But I wonder if the single connector idea will hold up for long. Seems unlikely. Connectors multiply like rabbits for reasons, mostly due to limited insight in the development phase. There are economic reasons too, as manufacturers seek to differentiate products to gain market share.
A industry DO-OVER would be pretty welcome at this point. We could then start all over re-wiring our buildings optically and tearing out all that copper (phone lines, and ethernet, and obsoleted fiber).
We won't get rid of ALL wires or get down to a single connector just yet. No one has figured out how to re-charge batteries optically, although wireless charger technology does exist.
I would expect the RIAA is catatonic over this development and will start early lobbying to plug the light-hole, just like they want to plug the analog-hole.
It also shows how, as I will point out next Monday on my own little blog, just what an immense impact Apple has, continues to have, and, no doubt, will continue to play in the overall future world of tech!
Oh and the typos? "Physical keyboards" help avoid those.
What does your comment have to do with the technology under discussion?
Optical keyboards are more troublesome than radio ones. Optical requires line of site. Radio doesn't. Any stray coffee cup shuts down optical links. USB/Bluetooth will still be required for wireless keyboards.
But this has nothing to to with removing cables from keyboards. Or removing cables at all. Its all about different cables and faster speeds.
http://tinyurl.com/namwnh Still the same number of cables... zero or one.
No, I wasn't referring to the subject of optical keyboards at all. I was just making light of the fact that those who prefer not to simplify their lives with touch iPhone keyboards (and needing to feel them) would also prefer not to simplify things with Light Peak technology.
It was only meant as a joke aimed at those afraid of change. Nothing to do with computer keyboards.
Sorry... I can see now how my comment can be taken another way. Just my warped sense of humor.
Swoosh! Right over my head.