The computer of tomorrow
You already hold it in the hand, its power will multiply and placed in a dock, it can connect to all devices. For most users, especially those of the Internet, the increasing power of mobile units is becoming sufficient to render the PC useless.
The CPU will be a smartphone or tablet and insertion into the dock connects to a large screen and other devices normally connected to a PC.
As shown in the diagram, we will use a large screen, keyboard and mouse to work comfortably. The cell phone connects wirelessly to a camera or video recorder according to a Wi-Fi or Bluetooth protocol. You can also print directly throughta wireless transmission, that printers already have.
The storage will be provided by a hard disk connected to the dock or memory cards directly inserted into it.
A desktop OS on a smartphones...
Windows 7 on a mobile, it's possible. The Fujitsu F-07c (picture) offers a double operating system Symbian and Windows 7 (and not Windows Phone). Equipped with a keyboard, it allows to use Office and Internet Explorer 9 which are included in the system.
The Atom processor and 1 GB memory seem sufficient to operate the software. Can be connected directly to the smartphone an external keyboard and mouse through the USB connector, and a screen. Autonomy in Windows mode is two hours.
Ubuntu promotes the smartphone as a desktop computer. "A complete desktop solution for your docked phone". This is a version of Ubuntu running on top of Android kernel, and that is activated when the mobile is plugged in the dock. It requires a device powerful enough to use a big monitor, like the Atrix.
It is open source, of course.
A video projector to replace the monitor
It's not foresight, but already a reality. Galaxy Beam models of Samsung are equipped with a pico projector with an output of 15 lumens and can display an image of 50 inches.
This does not really allows making graphics on a big screen but is suitable for watch videos or games. The videos that can be seen on Youtube shows a somewhat blurred image. To get an image similar to that of a movie theater, 2000 lumens would be needed, and this permits larger dimensions. Business projectors do not have a resolution greater than that of a smarphone, they just offer a larger and better image.
It is already developing this concept in two directions: the first corresponds to the diagram above, the second is to plug a smartphone into a notebook with a keyboard and screen, but devoid of CPU and memory.
The notebook in turn can be connected to all devices of a PC ...
This model is equipped with Android but when it is inserted into a dock, it loads the WebTop environment more suitable for local use.
This gives access to the file system and includes the Nautilus file manager for Linux. Other Linux software are also added.
The PC are just becoming machines dedicated to gamers, graphic designers and developers ... which will connect to the same dock as the smartphone!
This is a stylish keypad and display handset with a dock to connect your smarphone and turn it into a PC, as does the Atrix, with more versatility as it works with an Android device or iPhone.
It has its own battery to power the screen, but has a limitation: only running in landscape mode (and not in portrait mode), it does not take advantage of all the applications available on mobiles. Its interest, however, is obvious to common activities such as sending email, web-browsing for connected mobiles. When this will be the case to all smartphones and they will have more power, this will be the computer of tomorrow for most users.
We see its image on the right. This is not the computer of the future, since it is quite current, but it seems to prefigure it (DVI port apart!).
It perfectly meets our expectation of a full computer, powerful enough, but also ultra-compact.
It works with the Chrome OS of Google, in other works using mainly web applications (online or offline), but the Aura interface might make it closer to a more conventional machines.
And it costs only $ 300!
Soon the Smartbook
This is a term coined by the founder Qualcomm. To allow manufacturing ultra-light laptops, much more than ultrabooks, or the Mac Air, it finalizes the design of an ARM processor with four cores, powerful enough to run Windows 8. The Snapdragon S4 will replace Intel processors, a revolution in the world of laptops!
The processor contains a chipset sufficient for HD video and a modem. It will run games on Windows 8.
The next step would be to move to a ultra-compact version of PC with an ARM processor. If the mobile has not already replaced it...
- Supercomputers vs mobile phone. A smartphone under Android in 2011 is 15 times faster than a 1979 Cray-1 supercomputer.
- Rasperry Pi is a mini-motherboard costing $ 25, with an ARM processor, that can display videos in 1080p or play Quake III (video).
- Processor 1000 times faster. A new process from IBM will make a low-end mobile in the future to surpass in power computers of today.