Every once in a while, there comes a new technology that improves upon the already existing one and revolutionizes the world. Some great examples of this that we’ve seen in the past are touchscreen smartphones, pressure-sensitive displays, and biometric security options like fingerprint and iris scanners in mobile phones. One of the latest such technologies to come in the limelight is Kiss Connectivity by Keyssa. In this article, we will see in detail what it exactly is and what does it hold for the future:

What is Kiss Connectivity?

Kiss Connectivity is a wireless data transfer technology from a California-based startup called Keyssa. The company is focused on reinventing the way the connectors on any mobile or computer hardware currently exist. The technology replaces the need for different ports and cables that you need today in order to transfer data between different devices. If it garners the attention of some major OEMs, the chances of which are very likely, it can be the next big thing in the world of mobile and computer hardware. Now to know more about it, let’s try to understand how it actually works.

How Does Kiss Connectivity Work?

Suppose you have two devices which support Kiss Connectivity. Now if you want to transfer some data from one of them to the other, all you would have to do is touch, or “kiss”, them with each other. This may sound like NFC, and the method actually is the same, but Kiss Connectivity is way futuristic than the former. Having compared this new technology with NFC, it’s what goes under the hood that makes all the difference. The devices supporting Kiss Connectivity have a special chip embedded inside them that allow two devices to connect magnetically and allow communication between them.

Kiss Connectivity
Image Credits: Keyssa

Uses of Kiss Connectivity

As promising as Kiss Connectivity sounds, it can offer more than just fast data transfer. Given below are some of the devices, as per Keyssa, that a mobile device can be connected to in order to take advantage of this technology.

  • Another mobile device to share content in seconds
  • A mobile device dock to seamlessly add keyboard, monitors, and storage devices
  • A dock to quickly and easily sync data, songs, and movies
  • A kiosk to download movies in seconds
  • A display to stream 4K videos

How is it Different from the Existing Technology?

The devices, without Kiss Connectivity, that we currently use have quite a number of ports for connecting other devices. This makes them unnecessarily bulky and have to compromise on their aesthetics to an extent. However, with the advent of Kiss Connectivity, all that the manufacturers have to care about is embedding just one chip in their devices. This will not only allow their devices to be made slimmer but also with fast data transfer speeds. A few other notable changes that this new technology will bring over the current one are mentioned below.

  • Prevents RFI and EMI signal interference
  • Data can be transferred at up to 6 Gb (gigabits) per second
  • Lower power consumption
  • Secure connection
  • Extremely high frequency (EHF)

Companies Backing Kiss Connectivity

Being a startup company, Keyssa needed funds to take its venture forward. Taking their vision into consideration, many big companies have offered large sums, occupying a portion of the company as equity, to support them financially. Here is a list of these companies:

  • Alsop Louie Partners
  • Dolby Family Ventures
  • Foxconn
  • Intel Capital
  • NantWorks
  • Samsung Strategy & Innovation Center

In addition to these companies, Keyssa raised over $100 million from Tony Fadell – one of the fathers of the iPod.

Which Devices will Support it?

As Kiss Connectivity wasn’t in the limelight until recently, most OEMs are yet to introduce devices with this technology. The only device, as of today, that uses the technology is the Acer Aspire Switch 12 S tablet. It manages to maintain a reliable, high-speed connection the device and the keyboard dock without using any mechanical connectors or pogo pins.

Apart from this, there are also rumors that the wireless data transfer technology used in the upcoming Essential Phone is nothing else but Kiss Connectivity. Given the advantages that Kiss Connectivity has, I am pretty confident that the some of the flagship smartphones of next year will come with this technology.

SEE ALSO: What is an NFC Tag and How Does it Work

Would You Want to Use Kiss Connectivity?

We all love our devices to be slimmer and faster. While manufacturers are already doing that by using different technologies, using Kiss Connectivity will assist them even more. I am very excited how OEMs use this technology to lead us toward a wireless future. Are you also as excited? Do let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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