More Wi-Fi mice coming thanks to Wi-Fi Direct

wifidirect More Wi Fi mice coming thanks to Wi Fi Direct

We've already seen a few Wi-Fi mice from HP, although these weren't as far as we're aware using Wi-Fi Direct to connect. A company called Ozmo has announced that it has had its OZMO2000 wireless mouse reference design certified by the Wi-Fi Alliance as a Wi-Fi Direct enabled solution onto which its partners can base their own Wi-Fi Direct mice upon.

We've already seen a few Wi-Fi mice from HP, although these weren't as far as we're aware using Wi-Fi Direct to connect. A company called Ozmo has announced that it has had its OZMO2000 wireless mouse reference design certified by the Wi-Fi Alliance as a Wi-Fi Direct enabled solution onto which its partners can base their own Wi-Fi Direct mice upon.

One feature that stands outs with the Ozmo solution is the fact that the company supports both 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi. The company has also added support for WPA2 and WPS to make pairing easy. Ozmo doesn't actually make any retail products though, but its OZMO2000 chip is ready to ship to its potential partners for implementation into Wi-Fi mice.

Interestingly Ozmo claims that its Wi-Fi solution offers two to three times the battery life for the mouse compared to Bluetooth mice and a much higher data rate – up to 24Mbps – if needed. The range should in theory be longer as well, but we can't imagine too many scenarios where you need to be able to use a mouse 200-300m away from a computer.

One problem we can see though is that Ozmo charges US$3 per OZMO2000 chip even in fairly large quantities, something that's likely to put off potential partners, although surprisingly the company issues a press release back in October stating it had shipped one million chips back then. Apparently HP is one of Ozmo's partners, alongside with Intel, Logitech and Targus. As such it's likely we'll see a driver upgrade for HP's Wi-Fi mice in the near future with some Wi-Fi Direct support which should hopefully make HP's Wi-Fi mice a bit more reliable, as we've seen a fair few users reports complaining about the mice disconnecting at random.

Source: Ozmo

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