In today's mobile and electronic society we often own a smartphone, tablet, notebook, a home PC, and a HDTV – I know I own all of those devices but a tablet. Each device has their own specialty – things it does better than the other devices. A Smartphone is great for making phone calls, texting, and taking an occasional picture – the tablet is better for web-surfing and reading – the notebook for more powerful computing and a larger screen – the PC is even larger, stationary, and possibly more functional – and the HDTV is ideal for entertainment.
A computer engineering student from the University of Cape Town named Nick Rout came up an idea to link them all together with his concept called Seed. It works much like the Asus Padfone – a smartphone that docks into these other devices and actually uses the phones 'innards' as the processing power and storage for the other devices that simply change the form factor and user interface. In order for this to work, the only operating system available to handle it all would be Ubuntu – no more Android.
The Seed branded smartphone would dock with its own tablet and notebook, using strong magnets to hold the phone in place, but would use a separate dock to hold the Seed smartphone in order to connect to your PC and HDTV. An App Store would carry applications that would run across the different devices.
The proposed specifications for the Seed smartphone would be a slim, unibody polycarbonate with a 4.5-inch, 720p display – Powerful ARM-based CPU & GPU, such as Qualcomm's Snapdragon 805 and Adreno 420 – Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, 4G LTE – 4GB RAM with 128GB Flash Storage – 13MP Camera with F/2.0 and LED Flash – 2400mAh battery – Seed Magnetic Docking System with proprietary dock connector. The Tablet would have an 8-inch 1080p display and a 4400mAh battery for power.
The success of Seed relies heavily on the Ubuntu OS, unless Apple or Microsoft wish to step in…I wonder why no Android…and of course funding, which Nick claims that he has several investment partners he is trying to work with. The success also must come from customers that would support such a concept – one that would require you to buy the new Seed smartphone, tablet and notebook devices, and then rely on those and the software from Seed's App Store to do your computing. I can understand his concept, but I do not see a customer base that would tie themselves to one manufacturer's smartphone, tablet and notebook, or using a new OS.
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