Say goodbye to computer cable clutter

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Intel has pledged to deliver a truly wire-free PC experience meaning that everything from peripheral cables to the power lead itself will soon be consigned to the trash can of desktop computing.

We already have wireless speakers, wireless keyboards and the wireless mouse, but some cables are harder to cut than others when it comes to the computer. With the exception of all-in-one devices like the iMac, there's still a DisplayPort cable that connects a PC to a monitor and then of course regardless of the type of computer, there are the die-hard peripherals like printers and scanners and hard drives that more often than not need to take up one of the system's USB ports.

But at this week's Computex Taipei show, Intel's senior vice president, Kirk Skaugen detailed a host of wireless technologies that are in development and that will replace everything from monitor connections to the power cable itself.

Wireless charging, where power is transferred to a device from a plate rather than a connected cable is nothing new and a host of smartphone and tablet-makers already support the technology. However, it's yet to hit the mainstream or to be properly adapted for bigger electronic devices, like desktop PCs. But with Intel's full weight behind the technology and with the support of companies like Dell, Fujitsu and Lenovo too, there's a good chance that the company will meet its goal of bringing these features to consumers by 2016.

Consumers will be forgiven for thinking that the traditional PC is dead, after all most of the talk in the tech media is about how we're living in a "post-PC" age. This is indeed true in as much as other devices are offering better ways of doing many of the things we used to do on desktops and notebooks -- browsing the web, watching videos, etc -- but sometimes the play has to stop and the work has to start and something more powerful and productivity-focused than an iPad is needed.

At the moment that's a PC, but soon it could be a docking station or external graphics card and processor that connect to a tablet to give it that extra power and maybe a bigger 4K monitor too. Intel wants to make certain that whatever the devices, they will come with no cables attached.

That's why WiGig, the other wireless technology it is touting alongside wireless charging, could be so revolutionary. WiGig can connect a computer to a monitor and can support a wireless keyboard and mouse too. What's more, it is ready to go now and could be included in computers as soon as 2015.


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