What is a mobile computer in the nearest future? How do I picture it?
Â Â Â A future mobile computer is a small system box in your pocket. And more precisely it’s a PDA with a phone module that has enough memory for minimum of personal info necessary for user identification and maybe an operating system (OS). This device should have a standard interface for connecting to a cradleÂ (dock stations)Â with a keyboard, mouse, monitor and perhaps OS and a more powerful processor. All basic personal information: mail, docs, photos, calendar, tasks, etc. should be stored on one or several remote servers and available from anywhere online.
Â Â Â My personal experience is a good proof to my words. I have been working this way for more than a year already. All this time my main computer has been anÂ ultra mobile PCÂ Sony VAIO UX-90S.Â This toy notebookÂ practically 100% corresponds to the future mobile computer described above except for 2 points: no phone and rather big size. Despite only 16 Gb on hard disk, 10 being occupied by OS and installed applications, I have never run into the troubles of low disk space. Why? Very simple:
- Documents atÂ Google Documents
- Photos and movies on the external 500 Gb hard drive at home
- Mail atÂ Gmail
Â Â Â At work andÂ at home I’ve kept two cradles (dock stations) that are connected to a keyboard, mouse and monitor. As a result I’ve always had my system box in my pocket.
Â Â Â It lacked only smaller size, phone module and the ability to connect to peripheral devices ANYWHERE to be the ideal computer. Looks like iPhone would perfectly suite for this role if he had all the above mentioned features, but it seems to me that realization of such functions is quite possible even without changing device size.