Keyssa has unveiled "Kiss Connectivity" technology that allows users to transmit huge amounts of data and videos between devices in close proximity, with virtually no battery drain, according to a company press release.
Kiss Connectivity allows devices to "kiss" when they are positioned close together and can exchange data in a few seconds. The company states that its connector can operate at transfer rates of up to 6 gigabits per second, so when supporting protocols like SATA, PCIe and USB 3.0, Kiss Connectivity can download a 1 GB movie in as little as two seconds.
Keyssa says its connector has a power consumption that is "orders of magnitude lower" than wireless solutions, so it preserves battery life. The device has point to point connectivity making data transfer more secure unlike network-based solutions like WiFi or WiGig.
Keyssa's Chief Executive Officer Almgren says that consumers with Keyssa-equipped devices will eventually be able to download movies and music albums almost instantly from kiosks at airports and venues such as concert halls. He adds that once the connectors are integrated further, users will be able to transfer big files between devices without exposing private data to the cloud.
"Connectors are a $50-plus billion industry that – unlike almost every other aspect of mobile and computer hardware design – has remained undisrupted for decades," said Eric Almgren, Keyssa's CEO. "We reinvented the connector and designed a new category of contactless connectivity that's elegant, power-efficient, and can meet the exponentially-growing demands of consumers for creating and consuming rich media. You can kiss old connectors goodbye – and say hello to a better way to move rich media across any device: instantly, securely and simply."
California based Keyssa has raised $47 million from strategic investors including Intel Capital, Samsung Strategy and the company's chairman is Nest Labs CEO Tony Fadell, father of the iPod.
“For the last 25 years, I’ve had to struggle with delicate metal connectors that put unsightly holes in otherwise beautiful products,” Fadell said in an e-mailed statement. “I expect kiss connectivity to spark an immediate wave of industrial design innovation.”