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And with that all my energy. For last 45 days, its been 18 hours a day coding and cut off from rest of the world. Now it will take two days for me to even wake up. There are some wonderful prototypes built by some really talented developers. I am going for a break. This 45 days would remain to be one of the most memorable moments of my professional career alongside Ultrabook App Innovation contest. Enjoy some Hollywood movie style applications.
After couple of days if break, I will start writing a series of articles of every possible aspect that I discovered of Perceptual Computing. I have already made all my code available to Intel and I will do the same here in Code Project too.
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I was brought up to respect my elders. I don't respect many people nowadays.
Another user is building a PC and asked some questions.
I have long wanted to "Build A Computer", but not like I did in the old days.
I think I "built my own" about 5 times, back when that actually saved serious amounts of money; like fifty percent of the cost or whatever. I mean like a week or two of salary for about a day's work.
That isn't realistic any longer.
What I would like to do is to build the thing so that every feasible component can be segmented and separated from the rest, in such a way that the entire system spread out and connected (via USB ? Whatever) in a manner that allows for easy access to replacement, service, maintenance, repair, and upgrade.
i.e., There won't be these boxes on your desk which have as many cables as the 1970s progressive rock bands had for their live performances.
More to the point, the computer won't be an appliance on the desk any longer, but instead the desk will be the computer.
I'm nowhere near being an out-of-the-box creative thinking trailblazer on this. Almost every bank has thought this idea through years ago. Visit a branch and your teller will have a computer that is designed almost exactly along these lines of thought; the screen is where he needs to see it, and the keyboard is probably split into two pieces. There is probably no mouse, but instead a touch pad, and almost guaranteed to be suspended in a position that is out of the way while still being easily accessible.
The facts be, however, that today's user needs/wants these things in a computer
- Screen - Mouse - Keyboard - Audio - Ports
As of this writing, the one part that really still needs a wired cable is the screen.
The Audio could be either speakers or headphones for output. For input there would be a microphone. The user may or may not need a cable for any / either / both of those.
The Ports would be, most probably today, USB.
A big selling point of this idea would be data safety.
If, for $90, you could have a second disk drive, and just swap them in and out weekly, then you would lose a few days' data when (not if) one of them fails.
This would be far more likely to encourage personal responsibility if it was a simple swap over thing that takes 60 seconds.
The biggest of all selling points to me, though, would be neatness. by running the wires and attaching them neatly so that you don't have seventeen wires like the data comm rack in the basement of most office buildings, that would look so much nicer in the home, and would probably be workable for the office as well.
The fly in the ointment behind all this is the $399 refurbished computer from WalMart, K-mart, and Connie's Corner Computers. Everybody likes nice things, but just about everybody will settle for less convenience and more clutter if the price is much lower.