Let Your Monitor Be Your Remote Computer
from the different... dept
For a while I’ve been saying that I wasn’t particularly impressed with the idea of the tablet computer. I think that it was positioned incorrectly as a separate category of computers, when it really just describes a laptop with additional functionality (a touch screen) and often with some tradeoffs. As such, it seemed like it might be a nice feature sometimes, but nothing too innovative. However, I do think that this new “thin client” solution from Philips is much more creative. It’s basically a special flat screen monitor for your computer that can be pulled out of its docking station and will act as a wireless thin client that remotely accesses your computer via WiFi. This seems like an ideal mix of the concepts. It’s not limited to just being a thin client – it’s a fully computer with a nice touch screen flat panel. However, when you just need a thin client, you pull out the screen and take it with you and you have full access to your computer (it has a wireless keyboard as well, if needed). Seems like it could be especially useful for entertainment purposes. Want to watch a DVD? Pop the DVD into your computer’s DVD player, and then take the screen wherever you want to go within your home WiFi network. You could use it as a type of remote control for your MP3 jukebox as well. There are plenty of ways I could see this being useful. As it stands right now, it sounds like they still have a few kinks to work out – but, on the whole, it’s one of the few creative ideas I’ve seen in computing in a while that makes sense to me.