Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
> __/ [ Mark Kent ] on Tuesday 01 August 2006 08:56 \__
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>> Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
>>> Cell-based coprocessor card runs Linux
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>>>| Mercury Computer is sampling a PCI-Express add-in card powered by a
>>>| Cell processor running Yellow Dog Linux.
>> This is a very very interesting development; it gives one great big
>> clue about where the computing world is going, and shed more light on my
>> view that the PC is dead and we're looking through the glass into a new
>> computing world.
> I'd still argue that large peripherals and augmented displays are the way to
> go if you seek good productivity levels.
For some types of role, I'd agree 100%; depends on what people are
doing. For a home user, a pretty display is essential, but it doesn't
have to be an integral part of a computing device, it should probably be
something on the wall, likely connected by bluetooth2, to avoid wiring
issues, if that can be done using some kind of spread-spectrum
modulation with a suitable key (ie., difficult to guess).
The big advantage then is that the display, or displays (why only have
1?) can be strategically positioned around the
house/property/flat/caravan/tent or whatever, and will display whatever
you want displaying at the right time. Perhaps you want to see a static
picture of the Eiger? Maybe you need a fish-tank?
> Input can probably be replaced by
> voice recognition (still needs stronger-yet-small CPU's);
Or can be split between mobile terminal devices and network-side
devices; how about a bluetooth microphone/speaker, star-trek style,
which streams audio both-ways to a processing device "under the stairs"
which is part of a wider processing cluster? The final device only
needs a Microphone, Speaker, pair of codecs, speech recognition, silence
elimination, echo control and bluetooth stack. This is more or less
what current generation devices already have...
> displays can
> possibly be replaced by head-mounted displays that makes full use of the
> entire field of vision; lastly, high-bandwidth connections seem to be little
> of a hindrance at the moment. If you get a mouse-like device (glove or
> gyro-devices), then you could even surf the Web, write messages and play
> games while waking up and down the street. Fascinating yet worrisome effect
> on humanity...
Iain M Banks had a piece about this kind of thing in one of his
space-opera books about the culture. Very good books, if you've not
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