Bye Bye, Laptop?

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The day seems to be getting closer when we can do something that would seem to be pretty obvious: access our pocket-sized smartphone via a bigger screen, keyboard and a mouse. Celio Corp says it’s close.

Celio Corp have two products: their Mobile Companion (pictured above), a laptop like thing that includes an 8″ display, a full function keyboard, and a touchpad mouse. At 1 x 6 x 9 inches and weighing 2 lbs, the Mobile Companion promises over 8 hours of battery life and boots instantly. After loading a driver on your smartphone you can then access it via a USB cable or Bluetooth. (You can also charge the smartphone via the same USB connection.)

Uses? Well, you can say goodbye to coach cramp, where you’re unable to use a normal laptop. You can input data more easily than you might if you just had your smartphone with you. And, of course, you don’t need to bring your laptop.

The second product might be even better. The Smartphone Interface System is, from what I can work out, a small Bluetooth device that connects your smartphone, not to the Mobile Companion, but to a desktop computer, public display or a conference room projector  — these devices connect via a cable to the Interface, like this:

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The important bit about both products is that the Redfly software renders the smartphone data so it fits on the new display (this will be quite tricky, and, because it will carried via Bluetooth, would need quite a bit of compression. The maximum size of the output display is VGA, i.e. 800 x 480, so don’t expect stunning visuals, but it’ll be better than having all your colleagues crowding around your smartphone.)

The bad news? Redfly isn’t launched yet, and will for the time being be available only for Windows Mobile Devices. Oh, and according to UberGizmo, it will cost $500. The other thing is that you shouldn’t confuse “full function keyboard” with “full size keyboard”: this vidcap from PodTech.net gives you an idea of the actual size of the thing:

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this is the keyboard size relative to Celio CEO Kirt Bailey’s digits:

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Until I try the thing out and feel sure that the keyboard doesn’t make the same compromises as the Eee PC, I’d rather use my Stowaway keyboard.

For those of you looking for software to view your mobile device on your desktop computer, you might want to check out My Mobiler. It’s free software that purports to do exactly that for Windows Mobile users.

22. January 2008 by jeremy
Categories: Bluetooth, Devices, Email, Interfaces, Internet life, Phones | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 comments

Comments (4)

  1. And have you picked up on this little Readius number??

    http://www.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idUSL2063412420080121?sp=true

    Bit odd, but all heading in the same mobile and mini manner.

    I’ll admit, I did succumb and iPurchase an iPhone last weekend and it is as good as many of the plaudits are saying. Make the keyboard bigger, and horizontal, like those wee Nokia devices and you’d be away.

    As it stands, the iPhone keyboard is still almost typeable for 1,2 or 3 para pieces.

  2. And to think Palm killed the Folio…

    Wouldn’t it be a hoot to find out they had the right idea, after all?

  3. I think it’s a great idea, lets hope it works out and they incorporate A2DP bluetooth in it. Wouldn’t want to miss pairing up my bluetooth wireless headphones from JayBird.

  4. Well, I agree with you there, “The day seems to be getting closer when we can do something that would seem to be pretty obvious” I am sure that if this invention launch in the market, many will get interested with this. Anyway, thanks for sharing. I enjoyed reading this post.

    -seff-