In today’s tech landscape we are generally seeing a shift to smaller and thinner computers. The Mac Book Air, Chromebooks, and even HP’s new Spectre all reflect this changing market. But is this a reflection of a bigger picture? Will smartphones eventually take the place of our computers? A new technology, NexDock, thinks the answer to this question is closer than ever before.
Nex Computer was created by Emre Kosmaz and Yeliz Kayacan. Kosmaz, an industrial designer envisioned the Nexdock to innovate how people use their computers. The device turns smartphones into laptops by providing them a device that essentially works like a laptop. Nex Computer promises that the device is easy to use by simply plugging your smartphone into the Nexdock’s HDMI port. The Nexdock can also support tablets and laptops. The device supports a variety of operating systems such as Windows 10, Ubuntu and Linux. Nex Computer also hopes to reduce technological waste by compartmentalizing the processor and the OS from displays.
As of March 10, 2016 the Indiegogo campaign has raised over $300 000. Nex Computer also hopes to add further research and development if the crowdfunding campaign reaches the half a million mark. Adding a USB type-C port is first on their list, and a display with a higher resolution is something that will be attainable at the $1,000, 000 fixed goal mark.
According to techradar.com, many projects that have aimed to turn smartphones into computers have generally failed (Athow, 2016). That being said, innovation in this market continues beyond the NexDock. Microsoft’s latest OS, Windows 10 has the feature, Continuum which allows devices of the same OS to be linked quite seamlessly with each other. Companies like Google have also relied on the cloud with products like the Chromebook, to allow customers to converge their multiple devices easier.
Nextdock still has a bright future in this market because it is the only product that physically connects devices together because it does not rely on the cloud. Customers may prefer this method of computing over a less trustworthy cloud computing service.
Athow, D. (2016, February). 6 smartphones that turned into PCs. Retrieved from http://www.techradar.com/us/news/phone-and-communications/mobile-phones/6-products-that-promised-and-still-promise-to-turn-smartphones-into-pcs-1315354