Desktop Computing Future

Wish we could Stop making Desktop Computers that are Energy Guzzlers by 2020. The Laptop/Notebook Electronics Design Architecture could be Ported to the Desktop Computer Physical Framework.

This makes Battery Operated Lean Desktops that can always be on Float Charge. Temporary mobility and convertibles are also possible. Power Failure proof.

A flexi ferrite table cover to wireless charge mouse, printer and keyboard batteries. An additional Lan with Wi-fi to network with all the Peripherals. This gets rid of the Cable Clutter and Device Drivers for Peripherals.

Desktop Computing Future

Device Interface

Wireless USB has not still been adopted as a standard for peripheral interface. (not to be confused with Wi-Fi USB sticks). BlueTooth is good but does not completely address Easy Peripheral Interface in terms of usability etc. This may help the Desktop Comp.

Nettops use less power and are the Desktops of Tomorrow, with cloud computing and wireless storage these are the essential devices to go to Green Computing and the Client-Server Architecture with the Cloud in mind. We need both Intranet-Cloud and Internet-Cloud.

Each PC should have Two Wi-Fi. One for Device Networking and the other is for Web and Networking. Device Networking means adding Smart Peripherals without Drivers. Example Wi-Fi External HDD and Wi-Fi Printer.

HardDisk

Rapid on off Power can Damage Hardisk. Transport of PC over rumbling Terrain, PC or Notebook drop on Hard Surface, Impulsive Jerks of Table on which Desktop Comp is placed; can mean, that your data and device is a goner. Maybe Desktops should use the more mobile Notebook Drives or external portable drives (technology), as these consume less power and are more robust.

old and new notes of mine since 2007 – delabs

Handhelds – Open Source OS Handheld Devices

An Early website HandHelds.org that was active in the days before the wave of Portable Devices you see today.  2003-2004. Advanced Portable devices are now in everybody’s hand.

“At the hardware level, we embrace any device that can reasonably be considered a handheld computer. We are product and architecture neutral. Software development on an open-ended set of handheld computers is welcome within the context of our group and our website. These projects include both individual efforts and work sponsored and organized by individuals, groups or companies. ”

Handhelds - Open Source OS Handheld Devices

“At the operating system level, our focus is on “Unix-like” systems, including Linux and the various flavors of BSD Unix (FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, etc.). Among these alternative operating systems, healthy and energetic competition results in better software for everyone.”


My Notes –

I feel HandHeld Computers range from Advanced Calculators to Laptops, The have to be driven by batteries, charged by Mains, Solar, Wind Power or Dynamos. They can be carried around by a single human being or may be part of a Vehicle he uses. It can have a Wireless Web Connectivity or may just be a passive multimedia or games player.

delabs 2009

Usability of Front Panel Controls

I once worked in Tek for a very short period. I got to experience the 2235 and 2465 analog scopes and their controls. The 2465 was a 400 MHz Digitally Controlled Analog Scope.

I also used the Plugin Scopes and Calibration systems that were Tek Culture and Tech contribution to the Instrumentation world, it probably evolved into VXI-PXI as uC systems took over.

I also had a chance to look at DSO/Logic Analyzers and the just developed TDS Series. The older tek analog scopes made me understand about usability and panel layouts. Many controls are inevitable in a Analog Scope with Electromechanical Interface.

Usability or Ergonomics Review

In a Digital World that can be largely changed using the Monitor and Trackballs. The older BlackBerry phones are also good study for usability before Touch Screens came.

delabs Experiments

delabs Web Widget and Application Interface Usability Experiments 2003-2008

In 2003 i tried some experiments in Web Interface. I also converted some mini DHTML Widgets i made in 2000. These i later added to iGoogle too. In 2000 it was a Midi Player later an Alarm Clock when iGoogle came. Then a Metronome and Mini-Notes Holder and a Text-Database driven Music Player.

delabs Web Widget and Application Interface Usability Experiments 2003-2008

Talking of Touch Screen, i had seen a Monitor in a Universal Pick-Place Assembly Machine. A Huge Pneumatic System, Not a SMT, there was no SMT then. This monitor had IR LED and Opto Transistor Array over the monitor. That sensed the finger Probably.

Capacitive Touch Screens and Accelerometers have given a new dimension to Ergonomics.

Then came Euro controls for Consumer Electronics. Like remote controls. Look at the National Panasonic VCR Remote on the right. It could be in the 90’s. It is so easy to operate the VCR, you do not need a manual. Flap a Lid and you have many things to do, including control any brand of TV in tandem with the VCR.

Software or hardware it is the same thing. The way the Common man sees a Gadget, like a Lamp Switch or a Water Tap.

The HTML5 thing also is in the same direction, which empowers Web Designers to make Usable Apps and Sites not just Flashy Mazes where one can get lost for eternity. Some of the sites i built are like that, Labyrinth of Docs which only the Search can Reveal.

Evolution of The SmartWatch

This post was made in relation to the TI Chronos and Casio watches, The early Smartwatches.(Some parts of this post removed, but this was the post in my one of my other blog that triggered the Smartwatch fever that you see today)

This is not a HandHeld Gizmo but a Gizmo that Holds your Hand and Cling to the Body. Wearable Wireless Computers. The first Smart Wristwatch according to my knowledge was created by Casio. it had many functions including a calculator and calender,

Release of databank telephone number storage wristwatch CD-40

Casio CD-40-Databank Calculator

January 1984 – “Casio released watches with various advanced features, including a calculator function (C-80 released in 1980), and a dictionary function (T-1500 Walking Dictionary released in 1982). The company wanted to see the wristwatch evolve from a simple device for telling time to an information device on the wrist.”

Casio Spotlights Leadership in Smartwatches

“This watch further advanced the concept of an information device on the wrist, and became a major hit product, selling a record total of six million units in the five years after its release.”

A smartwatch or smart watch is a computerized wristwatch with functionality that is enhanced beyond timekeeping, and is often comparable to a personal digital assistant (PDA) device

Earlier post in delabs Notes

(Posted many years ago in my other tech blogs and sites.)

eZ430-Chronos wireless watch - TI

When i saw this i remember my High School friend, he had built an advanced DIY Wrist Watch with LED Display and Radio, there was a temperature display too. A Gizmo WristWatch around 1980! … his Gizmo got many students wildly interested in Electronics. He also developed a Learning Kit ‘for 555.

Here is one such Temperature, Wireless, USB Data Logger Watch Development Tool. But for an entirely New Generation.

eZ430-Chronos wireless watch – TI

The eZ430-Chronos is a highly integrated, wearable wireless development system based for the CC430 in a sports watch. It may be used as a reference platform for watch systems, a personal display for personal area networks, or as a wireless sensor node for remote data collection.

Peek into the Future beyond 2020

Robotics, Mechatronics, Nanotechnology and RF-Optics will define an Advanced Environment for Man. – Automated, Efficient and Connected.

Electric + Solar Scooters, Bikes & Cars, Mini Electric Rickshaws and Bionic Horse Carriages consume & digest Organic Material to Ethanol.

Present Internet Zap is only 10% of what it is going to be. The future of the web is all encompassing and frees communication, media & info.

LED Lighting is more important than you think it is. Start Using Alternative Energy, like Wind Power and Solar, Tidal and even Magmatic.

Ultra Low power Netbooks, Laptops, Tablets and Nettop Clients. Combined with a Resource Pooling and Sharing Community Cloud with hosted Apps

Both Consumer Computing & Enterprise Computing needs to go Green. It is not a Novelty but it is a Serious Preparatory Strategy for a Future

Yes there is life beyond 2020 on Earth but not on Mars 

That Bionic Horse i was talking about

That Bionic Horse i was talking about

Evolving the Notebook PC with GesturePad

The Computer PC !

Any Device with Computing Abilities and an Integrated Screen of Size 7 Inches or more can be called a Pad, Tablet, Netbook, Laptop, Notebook or Desktop according to the size and use.

In this Professional, Serious and Productive Work can be done.

The All-in-One Low Power Desktop PC or the Nettop clinging behind the Monitor are the “Heir Apparent” of your Erstwhile Power Hungry Tower PC.

The 14-15 inch Notebooks with or without being convertible to Touch-Tablet is the clear winning computing device.

Innovate Next Notepad

The Mousepad and Mouse have to be Integrated in the side of the keyboard. The Touchpad has to be replaced by some Invention.

Evolving the Notebook PC with GesturePad

We could slide a tray on the right of the Laptop, which becomes the Mousepad or GesturePad. A low profile flat wireless mouse docked at the bottom of the Laptop (wireless charging on dock) is removed and put on the Pad. The Mouse is back …..life is much much better.

It could also be just a GesturePad as big as a mouse pad, A sturdy thin unbreakable reinforced poly carbonate pad that slides into the Notebook when not in use.

To use it, keep the entire palm on the pad and make Touch-Screen like Gestures, The three main fingers all can tap to simulate click/double-click and even the page scroll with middle finger.

Computing Conclusion

An Embedded Device less than 5 Inches is a Portable Communication and Gaming Device only. This is not good enough as a Computing Device.

What we now need is the GesturePad that slides from the right of the Laptop along with TouchScreen Laptops that have already arrived.

(First posted around April 2015)

Coat Pocket Computer – dapj Open Design

I could find that many HandHeld Computers are Difficult to use and the User Experience is a bit like wearing Shoes two Sizes Smaller.

So i thought i make a Feedback about how small a computer could be without any Compromise from the Present PC OS or Program Base. So we can use the same things we have on the Home PC.

That lead to a Open Concept Design which is Quite Possible, I noted the Points that can give some relief from the Suffocation of small Sizes, still maintaining mobility for people used to wearing Big Coats.

Coat Pocket Computer

Coat Pocket Computer – dapj Open Design – Thursday, October 11, 2007
This post is mirrored here as it is related to software too


Sharp Willcom W-ZERO3

I saw a Review of Sharp/Willcom W-ZERO3. Image below, the layout is good but size is a bit small. If it is 60% bigger then it could use a regular Desktop OS and Programs (muntzed). As HDD, CPU and Batteries has become smaller, efficient and Better. I think this is close to the ideal handheld.

Ideas of delabs 2007