Australian Crawl. Not.

Ars Technica has caught hold of the article in The Age on an apparent breakthrough in wireless data transmission. National ICT Australia (NICTA), based in Melbourne, claim to have produced a wireless chip that can transfer data at around 5 gigabits per second at a range of 10 metres.

At less than $10 a chip, this might give rivals bluetooth and wireless USB some serious competition in applications requiring computer to computer transfer. However, it looks like the power requirements are bit steep for the average handhed device.

Still, just as wireless tech is constantly improving, so is battery tech. An iPod that can transfer a HiDef movie in a matter of seconds to and from your computer sounds pretty cool to me.

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