At Computex, Intel announced a couple of interesting tidbits on the topic of laptop graphics.
First, Intel stated that come this summer, you’ll be able to watch Blu-ray movies in stereoscopic 3D on systems running plain ol’ integrated Intel graphics. Be sure to bring your polarized glasses to the party. As Engadget rightly points out, Intel neglected to explain whether this stereo 3D goodness would come by way of a simple firmware upgrade or would necessitate new hardware. We’ll find out soon since Memorial Day has unofficially kicked off the summer season.
Secondly, Intel said its Wireless Dispaly (Wi-Di) technology is primed for expansion. Wi-Di is an insanely convenient and useful tool for the home user; it lets you stream HD video from your laptop wirelessly to your HDTV. Wi-Di operates in relative obscurity at the moment, currently in only a handful of laptops (Intel pegs the number at three), including the Editors’ Choice award-winning Toshiba Satellite E205. Intel says to expect to see Wi-Di in over 30 designs soon. For the home user, we’d say Wi-Di is a necessary feature for an future laptop purchase.