Always wished to have a GPS on my PDA (Qtek S200), but I couldn't afford it :(.
Anonymous, 26 Nov 2018ummm, please name a laptop made within 15 years that could have other things swapped. think he means things like keyboard, onboard wifi, cd/dvd rom e tc..most of which are either obsolete or irrelevant now. but yeah, they did exist. I remember having laptops that had swappable hard drives and dvd-rom. Only use for them was portable media which was useful back then when hdd size was like 120 gb...
nowawdays with streaming and large HDD sizes, do we need them? no. He is just drunk on nostalgia and good ol' days.
My suggestion on this one is greatly inspired by the game The Surge.
how about having a Core base which can accomodate a certain number of mods or slots. the higher core it is, the more it can accomodate more mods. prices may vary on how many slots does a consumer can afford or needs.
Then for the mods like camera mods, memory mods and etc. the higher spec the mod the more slot or core power it will consume. for example, a core of 16slots may a 8-slot camera, 4-slot memory and 2 slots for others, then you have a phone primarily built for pictures. or same slots with 2-slot camera, 5-slot memory, 5-slot gpu, 4 for others, then you have a basic gaming phone at hand.
Just my idea on a modular system.
Luxor, 25 Nov 2018How about designing wireless expansion. Much easier for modern people who dont like modular fixes. WiFi hard drives exist. Bluetooth GPS modules. Essential PH-1 uses wireless USB for accessories (pogo pins are just for power). Siri, Bixby, and Google Assistant all use offboard processing over wireless networks. Bluetooth speakers/speakerphones... To a limited extent wireless modularity is already here.
Anonymous, 26 Nov 2018ummm, please name a laptop made within 15 years that could have other things swapped. Actually, laptops in the past 15 years had a lot of interchangeable parts:
Wireless and bluetooth modules could be replaced in some laptops to match your country's channels.
Optical drives could be upgraded, and I've seen blu-ray drives for laptops as well.
If you have the tools, you can even upgrade the webcam if you find one that fits.. your warranty would be void then, though.
I hope this enlightens both of you ;)
Anonymous, 26 Nov 2018ummm, please name a laptop made within 15 years that could have other things swapped. I had a very old laptop you could you grade the CPU on and that was well over 15 years ago.
Vegetaholic, 26 Nov 2018Days of modularoty are numbered even in notebook territory. Looks like portability and design ... moreummm, please name a laptop made within 15 years that could have other things swapped.
Anonymous, 25 Nov 2018Great article! Wish we had modular phones today as well, and that project Ara could be succ... moreThere is a modular phone being sold today, it is called Fairphone 2. The phone has already had a camera upgrade, and a display upgrade.
Days of modularoty are numbered even in notebook territory. Looks like portability and design won over usability. You buy any laptop these days and only thing you can change is HDD and RAM, thats it. Bad for consumers good for manufacturers.
The most creative innovation is belong to motorola, apple and samsung combine still not match, but to bad motorola's marketing is the worse; products availbility only on USA
Apparently Project Ara was shelved due to technology limits...
ie: Due to the parts being not "closely connected" (vs a more standard / traditional design) there was a slight but noticeable lag with interactions between some of the parts, this gave a diss-satisfying user experience when using the device...
Project Ara imho was just a bit too ahead of its time... so perhaps if the lag issue could be solved with improved technology that was not yet ready for Project Ara then perhaps another company could take the general idea and run with it... similar to what Apple did with the iPhone and iPad vs competitors at the time.
Then there comes us, Moto Z users that enjoy our fantastic Moto Mods by Motorola and Lenovo
Sony Ericsson done some modular stuff in the day, the camera, Bluetooth race car, SD card reader, MP3 music player etc
Hmm what happened to Project Ara , I kinda wanted it to come to life.. I assume there¬ís less money in selling phones if you don¬ít have to update each component , though I think it would sell well for many reasons , if you wanted a headphone jack you could have one , if you wanted a notch screen you could have one or if not go with a no notch and. More bezels. Also processor wise you could upgrade if you felt the need , the issue imo would be the different amount of variations as such how would the software work or would it detect parts on boot up to assign the correct software or load it if a new part is attached , all in all it still a possible idea.. just ahead of its time by 5-10 years imo.as in you want smaller modules that are Easyer to replace also probs no IP rating , but most phones now a days can withstand most wear and tear.
Manhurt, 25 Nov 2018This is remind me of stupid argument that RAM is Downloadable lolIt was a joke
Essen, 25 Nov 2018When Nokia, Blackberry and other giants of that era laughed at how Apple have compromised dura... moreWe are talking about phones here, they can go back to being dumbphones or even land phones, i still won't see this as going backward as a society, don't mix between technology and progress, because we all know backward people using to most advanced tech today and it does not make them civilized, in the other hand; there are people who don't use any kind of digital tech, but they are civilized, as in they respect life.