Microsoft Veda. New look at mobile convergence

It was so easy to tell what is what and what for when we only had mobile phone and laptop to carry around.

But today, with the proliferation of smartphones, PDA phones, communicators, MID’s, UMPC’s, sub-notebooks and what not, sometimes it’s pretty difficult to know where to put any particular device and how best to use it.

The latest such device to come out of Microsoft R&D labs will not make this task any easier.

Revealed in a patent application “Multi-mode multimedia device and computing system” it describes a thingie like this:

And why would we need such a device? Microsoft gives the following rationale – while computers are able to perform most of the tasks carried out by dedicated devices, sometimes it’s harder to perform the same action on a PC:

“… making a telephone call using a computer involves knowing what application is used on a computer to make a call, starting the application and figuring out how to use it using input devices attached to the computer like keyboard and mouse. Instead if the device had a hardware keypad that is normally used in a telephone, along with appropriate software then dialing a call would just involve pressing “Dial” button, followed by the numbers to be dialed on hardware keypad and the required software will come up and complete the call for the user. In this way the interaction of the user with the device would be the same as the interaction with a special purpose device for making a telephone call”.

So the device, described above, can be used as a phone, when in closed position, as a multimedia player when the screen is open, and as a normal portable PC by opening the screen and extracting the keyboard.

To be even marginally useful, such a device would be bigger then your normal phone. But external accessories can be added, if you would want to use such device as a mobile phone too:

On the left there’s a remote control, wirelessly coupled to the computing device. It can be used for making telephone calls and controlling other device functions.

Other figures in the picture above, show some features of User Interface on the device. And they might be even showing the it’s name – Microsoft Veda.

Author: Stasys Bielinis

While I like to play with the latest gadgets, I am even more interested in broad technology trends. With mobile now taking over the world - following the latest technology news, looking for insights, sharing and discussing them with passionate audience - it's hard to imagine a better place for me to be. You can find me on Twitter as @UVStaska'

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