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Amazing new ‘kiss’ technology might change smartphone design forever

Published Nov 13th, 2014 1:50PM EST
Keyssa Kiss Technology for Smartphones

Backed by some important names, including Intel Capital and Samsung, and chaired by the father of the iPod and Nest products Tony Fadell, Keyssa is a startup that has been working for more than five years on an amazing technology called “kiss connectivity” that enables fast data transfers between devices placed next to each other. It really is an invention that could revolutionize smartphone design, as Bloomberg Businessweek reports.

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By “kissing” two devices that have Keyssa tech inside, users could transfer files as big as a 1080p version of a movie wirelessly within five seconds, which is significantly faster than having to copy the same file with a USB stick, a process that can take up to a minute.

“Keyssa says the technology — essentially a complex radio that uses high frequencies — will provide a faster alternative to today’s tangle of wireless network equipment and cords, which often produce signals that interfere with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth,” the publication says. “Keys aims to replace plugs and ports with low-power wireless connectors that use the extremely high-frequency (EHF) radio band used mostly by astronomers.”

With such kiss technology in place, combined with battery wireless charging, smartphones of the future would not need any transfer and charging ports, allowing OEMs to develop waterproof devices that are almost completely sealed.

“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 a statement. “I expect kiss connectivity to spark an immediate wave of industrial innovation.”

The first kiss-enabled devices should hit stores next year, although it’s not clear which companies are going to make them at this time. The full story on Keyssa is available at the source link, with a short promo video briefly explaining kiss technology following below.

Chris Smith
Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he closely follows the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises. Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.