Pioneer Japan sent out a press release earlier this week, announcing what it claims to be the world's first portable, wireless Blu-ray Disc writer. The BDR-WFS05J is based on the company's portable, slot-loading Blu-ray Disc writer, the BDR-XS05J. When connected to a USB 3.0 port, this drive is capable of 6x BD-R, 6x BD-R DL, 6x BD-R LTH, 2x BD-RE and 2x BD-RE DL writing speeds and a maximum BD-ROM read speed of 6x. It also writes to triple- (100GB) and quad-layer (128GB) BD-R media at 4x and triple-layer (100GB) BD-RE media at 2x.
The included wireless dock can function as an 802.11a/b/g/n access point or be connected to via a router at speeds up to 300Mbps. Thanks to the dock's high-speed USB virtualization technology, users can play back movies or burn a disc from their Windows-based PC or tablet using the included CyberLink software. Mac support is also planned and will be added in the future through a free firmware update.
The BDR-WFS05J is scheduled to ship in late September and is expected to retail for about 25,000 Yen ($252US).