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ARM demonstrates Seamless Computing (video)

by Mark Tyson on 12 February 2015, 12:05

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ARM has published a new video demonstrating what it thinks will be the future of computing. It foresees the day when our smartphone will one day be our "true primary compute device," which will smartly change modes depending upon its context/location.

In its slick, frictionless, demonstration ARM has managed to eliminate any wired docking shenanigans and demonstrates a continuity in workflow from mobile to desktop, from touch to mouse and keyboard.

As you can see in the video above ARM has worked with existing technology, including a 'last generation' Samsung Galaxy Note 3, to demonstrate its idea of 'Seamless Computing'. ARM's Eric Gowland simply sets his smartphone down on the desk, the Note 3 detects the wireless charging ability of the desk surface and understands the context change - thus it pairs wirelessly with the keyboard and mouse (Bluetooth) and the display (Miracast) without any prodding. Importantly the UI is then automatically reconfigured for a desktop experience including the use of Android's two pane views. Following his desktop computing tasks - a bit of word processing and email - Gowland picks up his Note 3 and it auto configures back to perform as a smartphone on the go.

ARM has published a blog post which goes into the technical details behind its implementation of 'Seamless Computing', as demonstrated in the video. Reading that post you can find out the range of choices ARM made to set up its context sensitive system.

In conclusion ARM admits that this is just one vision of the future of computing and it remains to be seen if the world would like to follow. This may well be the shape of things to come - or not.

One thing is certain though - the experience demonstrated in the video above is only going to get better, faster and more capable. ARM recently announced its 'Premium Mobile Experience' for 2016 and gave us the first details of the new ARMv8-A-based ARM Cortex-A72 processor, the ARM Mali -T880 GPU and the ARM CoreLink CCI-500 Cache Coherent Interconnect. These new components will offer a large step up in horsepower with great energy efficiency. ARM's new Cortex-A72, for instance offers 3.5X the performance of the popular Cortex-A15 CPU and the new Mali GPU boosts graphics performance by 1.8X compared to its predecessor.



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This just makes me wish that the Ubuntu Edge was still a thing.
It's a good direction, but an Intel/Windows 10 phone would be more interesting to me in this respect.
ET3D
It's a good direction, but an Intel/Windows 10 phone would be more interesting to me in this respect.
Agreed, It will happen and it doesn't seem far now. Just have a charge pad that connects to you monitor and the mouse/keyboard.

The connections to the devices is still too slow, it needs to be 1-2 max.
ET3D
It's a good direction, but an Intel/Windows 10 phone would be more interesting to me in this respect.

Why would anyone want legacy stuff on a phone? Might as well run OS/2 instead.
Interesting video and blog post, though my only question would be what miracast device were they using as you can see the display cable disappearing down the back of the desk along with power, along with that the custom display image on the monitor was that being delivered by the monitor itself or the miracast device?

I think we will see something similar with Windows phone once Win 10 is out on all devices, hopefully MS would not see this as cutting into their tablet market share.

Kimbie