Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 20th Sep 2012 22:22 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems If there's one over-used buzzword currently making the rounds in the technology industry, it's 'post-PC world' - or the notion that desktops and laptops are a dying breed. Todd Bradley, executive vice president of HP's printing and personal systems group, thinks this is a nonsensical notion - and he's right.
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by acobar on Fri 21st Sep 2012 19:55 UTC
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I really think this craziness of Tables 7, 10, 11 inches, separated smartphones, separated television and so on will be blurry very soon.

Look at our data. More and more we need them no matter where we are. The way I see, we are going to have a master device, a very smart smartphone that connects with all other devices we may need. If we need to get to office, fine, put your device over the table and the connection between a real keyboard, mouse and large screen will be done. At same time, the device will be charged, probably by wireless only putting it over a special surface to conserve energy, it will be probably a communication hub for the same reason plus security. Same when you get home.

Need more power? The base may have extra processors, memory and storage and the system in our smartphone will recognize them and will have a kind of hot-plug capability when connected, the same way we have now on servers. This will be probably the main difference between a normal "computer" and a top "workstation" because frankly, the storage is getting so cheap that there is no reason to not leave the OS modules already stored in our smartphone anyway, the same way we have today on our computers.

I really think that these "closed" systems will experience the same fate as of those of their ilk did in the past: will be supplanted by the shear volume and flexibility of open systems (not to be assumed open-source).

If we take a close look, the real constraints are those related to interactivity, i.e., screen size and handling/input comfort, plus battery size to keep the thing going on when in the run, because processor power and storage are already not for most of our needs.

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