Sunday, 24 January 2010

My Dream Device


This started out as a wave discussion with a friend. Initially I was thinking about a NetBook/tablet type of device, but as I made my wish-list I realised that it had to be a phone.


CPU


  • ARM not sure which one. ARM is a far more secure instruction set than x86. My understanding is that an ARM instruction can not jump into the middle of any other instruction so a major source of vulnerabilities are eliminated.



NETWORK


  • WiFi 11n Settle for 11g. Nothing surprising here.
  • 3G. This will need to be 4G shortly - WiMAX or LTE?



OS

  • If it were a NetBook then I'd like Ubuntu. But for a Phone it has to be Android or possibly ChromeOS in the future.
  • Open.


HDD


  • Flash.
  • Micro SD


GPS

  • GPS (A-GPS)
  • Compass



SCREEN

For me, a Netbook needs an 11" to 12" screen. Current 9"-10" devices are just a little too small for lot's of use. But for a phone, 11"-12" is too big.

I have an iPod Touch. It is great but web browsing is barely useable. So the screen needs to be bigger. By way of comparison, I also have a Casio FX-82-like calculator. It is 5/8" (16mm) thick, 3 3/8" (85mm) wide and about 6 1/4" long (155mm). It easily fits in a pocket and not too big to be a phone.

So, a bit bigger wider and a bit thicker than a scientific calculator.


  • Something that will fit in a pocket.
  • Let's say two 4"-ish x 7"-ish screens hinged along their long sides to form a book-like device.
  • How about the Golden Ratio (about 1.618). The screen could be 3.7"x6" (7" diagonal). The two screens together would be 6"x7.4" or 9.5" - that's a NetBook size, but it would fit in your pocket.
  • I think the combined ePaper/LCD screen of Pixel Qi would do nicely.
  • Video should run on either 1 or both screens.
  • Page reading in portrait mode - no window borders.
  • Full HD resolution when combined



SIZE

  • Thin <3/4" (19mm)
  • Thin margin around the screens - say 1/8" (3mm).



KEYBOARD


  • 2 Touch screens with On-screen keyboard. One screen could be the main screen and the other working as touchscreen keyboard. The keyboard could enter ePaper mode to save power and the other screen would only need color LCD when watching videos or viewing/taking pictures.



PHONE


  • Mic and Ear speaker on the outside of the case.
  • There would need to be a spot or touch surface to answer a call.
  • To make call you would open the device and select or dial the number. Once dialed the lid can be closed and it works like a phone for there on.


EXTRAS


  • Camera 3-5MP - A book-like design would make this a little impractical, but one above a screen and another on the outside would be possible.
  • Stereo Speakers
  • 8 Hr battery life when uses as a NetBook - both screens on etc.
  • 7 days closed.
  • Mic/Headphone jack - like the iPhone
  • Bluetooth (for external keyboard/display while on my desk - why not use it at work and home as well while it is charging?)
  • Removable battery
  • Vibrate for errors, tactile feedback, alarms.
  • Induction charging mat
  • Solar panel to lengthen battery life a little bit - it would make for a nice external surface as well.