Our Future Vision:
Pushing aside the PDAs
As consumers continue to demand greater convenience and portability, a single-network device will inevitably emerge to replace multiple portable devices running on outdated and flawed networks.
The Network: High and Mighty
People will access information through a Global Area Network (GAN) with an 8 Gbps wireless signal that grants access to GPS4, satellite radio, cellular networks, etc.--all broadcasted over IP. The GAN will feature reliability and 95 percent efficient throughput by implementing FAST protocol developed by Caltech in 2003; current networks operate at 30-40 percent efficiency.
The Device: Clean, yet Capable
Consumers will access the GAN with a slender device, the biodegradable Flat Display Information Assistant (FDIA). The FDIA will perform duties of multiple modern electronic devices, feature a retractable 15.7" screen, and resemble a pack of chewing gum (see right) when fully compacted.
Advanced I/O: Ending Carpal-Tunnel for GoodFDIAs will feature a novel data input system to reduce injury. A smart laser scanner on the compact module will project laser beams onto fingertips and track three-dimensional movement, as well as utilize shape-recognition software to translates gestures into common commands.
The FDIA's screen will consist of a touch-sensitive 150-micron-thick film-substrate display, a low-power, high-resolution screen. A layer of transparent plastic film speakers that has undergone IAR treatment and can emit directional sound will cover the display.