Intel: No handheld device can do it all

All-in-one devices "would just never work" says Intel researcher

People looking for one electronic device to handle all of their needs have false hopes, according to researchers at Intel.

Genevieve Bell, an Intel research fellow and director of user experience, said that an all-in-one device -- one that offers phone and Internet service and also acts as a pager, camera, calendar, GPS device and more -- probably couldn't do any single task exceptionally well.

"I'm not sure any device can carry all that weight," Bell said in an interview at Intel's Pittsburgh lab. "I would love to get to a world where I only have one device. Your handbag would weigh less. But it would just never work. I think we'll actually have more devices."

Convergence can go too far, she added. "Thinking we'll have one device that does everything is like our fetish with having paperless offices," Bell said. "It's just not going to happen." The problem with convergence, she explained, is that "we converge around the object and not the experience. As human beings, we are never just one thing," so people will need different devices for the roles they play at work, at home and in the community.

Intel Chief Technology Officer Justin Rattner predicted that future electronic devices will become more personalised. For example, he said a device should understand from its built-in calendar "what my day is like and whether I need vehicle navigation or I need to read something before an important meeting."

Rattner said he looks forward to seeing phones with embedded cameras that will recognize their owners and know when they are being used by someone else. He said he also expects future phones to monitor traffic, notify users if they will need more time to reach a destination and provide them with alternate routes.

"Devices need to become more like personal assistants," Rattner concluded. "That's one way these devices will become more lovable."

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Sharon Gaudin

Computerworld (US)

Comments

Comments are now closed.

Latest News Articles

Most Popular Articles

Follow Us

GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell

LIFEBOOK UH574

The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi

STYLISTIC Q702

The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott

STYLISTIC Q702

My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

Resources

Best Deals on GoodGearGuide

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?