These are some ideas, comments, feedback and communication that i have had over the past many years online. 2006-11
The real speed can be seen when we switch completely to photons and photonic circuits. No more electrons. Blazing Tera Hertz Transfer Speeds. Just a few decades away. Another smart alec comment i made at the site of a major speed provider.
System-on-Chip – SoC – IP
3D Hologram Newspaper
An Interactive 3D Hologram Newspaper that is Projected by a Small Rechargeable Pendent or Desktop Device. It can be a MultiMedia 3D Book, Magazine or Newspaper. It can be used even when lying down on a bed. It can be used on a Restaurant, the group can read the day’s Paper. (An idea i gave at a website with a Questionnaire, years ago)
Digital Signal Processing – DSP
Rechargable Wireless Peripherals
Buy only those Wireless Peripherals or Even Keyboard / Mouse, that can be recharged & dockable or on a Ferrite / Magnetic, No wire/metal charging base. (Just drumming up an old idea of mine)
The wear and tear, fragmentation on HDD can be reduced using a Tripod Hybrid. Access Speed improves too…
Top Layer is RAM Drive with Li-ion Battery. Second layer is Flash. Third is the Spinner HDD.
All active files of user are on RAM drive and backed up on Flash by intelligent Drive (not CPU). The files go into HDD after they have been stable for over an hour. As HDD sizes are increasing. The files and file system can be like svn and maintain 3 versions of all dynamic files. This is useful for user also and HDD too.
Static files like Binaries can be on one area of HDD. Frequently accessed binaries are promoted to flash layer. Extremely frequent to Ram Layer. The HDD now is less stressed and lasts longer and is a stable backup. Power failures immune.
A supercap built into a HDD. On Brownout OR Power Fail. The falling ramp is detected beyond an isolating diode. It says to HDD uC … Look there is something funny with power now. The HDD uC at once finishes the work at hand, drawing its juice from the stable supercap, parks its heads and goes to sleep.
When power is stable again, it wakes up and the supercap is replenished too. This way damage to HDD is avoided, these happen when .. battery connection problems in laptop or mains power fluctuations or switching power systems carelessly. It makes HDD idiot proof at least electrically.
– delabs 2009
This was an idea for Apps like Browser and Email..This is for any device phone or laptop a user interface for people who need it like when Cooking or Driving. People with disabilities or injuries. BlackBerry Phone had a nice incorporation of the text to action.
Added in 2015
We have three things Text-2-Speech, Speech-2-Text and Speech-2-Action. This makes any Gizmo or Computer Interface with a Human without the use of Limbs.
2009 Note Below –
Spoken Words or 14 Seconds of Voice Message. Alternative to Thumbing. A Text to Speech Engine Server Side. With Adaptive Mimicry Voice Synthesizer for that User ID. .
A MultiMedia Service without too much local or server load. Short Compressed Audio Files Recorded and Rendered by Flash Inline Inserts on the Web Application.
A Vintage Speech Equipment The Speech+ talking calculator by Telesensory Systems, Inc.
First idea enables people who just cannot type their message, and need to speak a few words, which is recorded by microphone and sent like a Compressed Voice mail.
Second Idea depends on first idea to train a server side engine, a Text to Speech tuned by earlier voice messages.
When a person cannot read the text, like when driving or in a private gathering, he can press read all incoming messages. Then the server will process text to speech matched according to the User ID Speech Profile and Read out loud in his Headphones.
I wanted to realize usability of controls within a small footprint. This lead to some innovations.
Date Time Clock Widgets
When i found the Remote controls and the early mobile phones difficult to use. I felt i have to try to design user interface within a small footprint. This helped me innovate a Active or Dynamic GUI concept; as shown in the Ability to change the skins of the Audio Music player and Digital Alarm Clock. The metronome too see the other project in this profile. These were done around 2005-6-7. Both for elements on my site and gadgets.
Digital and Analog Clocks
I also made a Virtual Web Gadget Alarm Clock Simulation that will demonstrate a Dynamic GUI in a Limited Facia Area.
Reduce the number of operations a user would do at achieve a purpose. Auto, Intuitive, Context Gui. When a Customer comes to buy Trousers, Take him to the Trouser Corner. Do not show Tuxedo option. The colors have good contrast and the text clearly visible.
A Highlighted reaction to user action. Tactile. Dynamic GUI, see in Gadgets above. GUI Elements appear only for that sequence of actions. No clutter. Menus if used, should not get stuck. Should not be fidgety, should not be menus at all if possible.
Engineering, Interaction Design, UI/UX
A software and External Hardware, Interfacing on LAN or USB or even WiGig when it comes. The hardware contains HDD/Flash, RAM and RAW Processing power. This is not like Hyper Threading or multi-core cpu, but addresses same issue.
The Software sees resources load on PC and when it feels RAM, CPU or HDD is getting stressed; it moves some work to the external box which is on standby consuming low power. Like playing music is lesser priority then say checking email. The Software Resource manager moves the Music Player and dependencies open in RAM to the Resource outside via USB and makes a Glitch-less switch. This can be remembered as a setting and used whenever the external resource is plugged in. Like RAID but for Home/Small Office users to use redundant capacities. Hardware scales up/down with needs and does not hog electrical power.
A lot of Processing Power and other resources go waste, consuming valuable energy in the present desktops. How faster things can be if all peripherals were on TCP/IP and Wireless (optical). This way an external resource box can directly play the speakers or print too without taking Main CPU time.
delabs – 2009
iGoogle the father of Web 2.0 – iGoogle shaped and inspired many technologies. To name a few, The Web UI Frameworks and the Community App Store Idea. Even though the “Desktop” was just a webpage and the apps were web widgets.
The API access could be any web app or Google Service. I made a Online Desktop in its memory. The Jot Desktop
The Chumby Device posted earlier had this Chumby ARM Board. You could program the Widgets that could scroll or cycle thru the screen. Like News, Clock or Weather. The App Store was available but the device had to be configured unlike the Apps on the Phone today, which is much easier. This was the first App-Store that worked with a Touch-Screen.
Then ARM core deserves a lot of credit. but the 300MHz board you see below was an early step. The 1GHZ ARM that came a bit later makes the Tablet a powerful Web, Gaming, Office and Utility App Console.
The Desktop Computer wastes a lot of power but a HandHeld is green, sustainable. A 10″ Tablet is the best way. So do not wait buy some Tablets and Netbooks and use your Desktop Computer when necessary.
Please pay attention to an earnest plea from a person who has pulled cards and ram from xt-at 286-386 days. Some people are innovating, at least follow those lines. Help make Desktop Computing Obsolete.
Dockables and Convertibles that means Tablets that transform into Laptops and Desktops. Then the Abominable Laptop Hinge or Lid failure will not bother you.
Tablets, Nettops, Netbooks and Notebooks are the future. Low power consumption, wireless, light, modular, low voltage.
If you are still fanatic about Desktop Computers, here are the ways you can move in the right direction, from legacy to Futuristic !
- Make the internals of a Desktop computer, Dust Free. 50 Microns particle, not any larger.
- Make the Desktop Computer SMPS and design Earth Free, Two Wire Only, No Y caps.
- Let it work on a 12-24 V DC Bus/Grid Standard, With External Connectors. Adapter Outside.
- No Fan should be used, No moving or Rotating parts inside, No Wires, good connectors.
- Modular Plugin, Stackable System to be used for External CDROM/DVD and HDD Drives.
- Flash Integration Internal for main OS Firmware and External Flash like HDD Stackable.
- DVD, HDD, Flash Expansion on USB Removable or SATA Stackable like Building Blocks.
- For a Whooping One Grand, People deserve a Backplane Plugin Architecture in the Desktop.
- Box, LCD/LED Monitor, HDD, Wi-Fi must not consume more than a Maximum of 50 Watts.
- All Internal and External Modules and Devices should go to quiescent state, non-obtrusively.
More to come, as i try to fix and break some more …
Present Day Work Time Utilization of man using Desktop Computing. –
- 30% Updates and Installation of The Operating System, Safety Issues.
- 20% System Admin, Networking, Application Installation and Updates.
- 10% Hardware Problems, Interfacing, Sharing, Wire and Port Issues.
- 10% Physical and Mental Fatigue and Stress Caused by above, plus Coffee.
- 30% Productive Work Done. Means work done in a Job or Profession.
delabs Notes 2004-2010