Super capacitors and a very small battery
.... It fixes Bangalore Traffic.
I was beaten to this idea months ago!
= Reusable / Modular but practical computing platforms =
For God's sake make a laptop where, when the processors, storage, RAM cannot be upgraded anymore to keep up with age the rest of the machine ( the Display, the speakers, keyboard, touchpad etc.) can still be used over standard interfaces like HDMI, 3.5 mm Jack,, USB, PCI express etc. , so that it can be re-used instead of reaching the landfill. E-waste recycling is not yet at it's best in most of the world. And being able to quickly re-use the device in hand in ways unplanned for is what makes a tech-geek the happiest, in addition to mother nature - for keeping her and her children healthy.
Make it semi-modular, with the goals to be both re-usable and hot-swappable. Do not try to be another project ARA.
One way of achieving the above in a way the geeks would love:
A seperate Compute Module in the spirit of Rpi-compute-module : the size of a small tablet-pc consisting of :
* RAM, CPU
* and a small battery(enough to allow hotswapping between terminal),
* wifi, Bluetooth
* an SSD and
*an "expansion port".
This would come in several flavours - from netbook like power with max display res of full HD good for simple computing on-the go, to powerfull ones with Dual 4k displays enough for extreme gaming. These can dock into "Terminal"s and hot-swap between them.
The "Terminal" could be any of your "Terminal" products ( Each with it's own big battery/power supply) :
* A 10 inch laptop like dock, 15 inch, 20 Inch. WIth / Without touch-screen.
* Slim ones with membrane keyboards, small battery
* Fat ones with mechanical keyboards.
* Convertible ones - by detaching or twisting
* A "PC" Like Dock: which simply converts the expansion port into
* 1 or 2 HDMIs
* 4 USB ports,
* audio ports (from HDMI)
* and probably a Hot swappable SATA Port.
* A few different sizes of tablet like Interfaces.
Or any exotic but practical types of "Terminals"
* An "All in one desktop" like terminal with display and sound, with laser projection keyboard built under the display. And a Wacom like digitizer.
* A wierd laptop like device without an in-built display - it just streams the display and sound over Miracast or other wireless casting protocols.
A person would not buy just one type. I personally would go for a small laptop and an "all in one desktop" form factor. And if savings permit, I would also save for a wifi-casting device.
All kinds of docks can have their own USB hubs built in to provide more USB ports.
Most importantly: The "expansion port" must simply be a convinient way of packing *standard* ports:
* 2 hdmi ports
* 2 USB ports
* power port.
* audio ports
* Sata port
* PCI Express port
A dummy reverse-converter which docks into the "Terminal" is a must - I must be able to use any of these terminals with a Raspberry Pi/Cubieboard, normal mother boards, laptops, etc. too.
Which parliment? Is Slashdot specific to USA or a global website? Why do we have so many reports that simply mention "parliment" or "the Navy" , etc. without mentioning the nation?
Why do slashdotters think America is the only country which reads Slashdot?
I am from India. I am just saying rest of the nation (India) should follow on ISRO when it comes to efficiency)
If only the rest of the nation was as effecient as ISRO!
Also bring back the N900, Just upgrade specs to current standards
Just bring 1100 back.
Only upgrades required
1) Compatibility with newer SIM cards and current networks.
2) Increase memory capacity.
And we will blow your minds with the sales figures.
No amount of careful planning will ever replace dumb luck.