These days, convergence between computers and mobile telephones is blurring boundaries. If you have a smartphone, you can use it to browse web sites, send and receive e-mail, listen to music, take pictures, type documents and review them.
Apart from the fact that it has less storage space than a conventional laptop, a tablet has it all. In this context, it would be interesting to see what lies ahead for the laptop or notebook as we know it.
Fujitsu ran a design competition for ideas for future laptops. Prashant Chandra came up with a concept in which the laptop has slots for devices like cameras, mobile phones and tablets. This eliminates the need to carry multiple devices; everything is integrated into the computer.
What Fujitsu found especially appealing was Prashant’s idea of using each individual device’s own processor instead o relying on the laptop’s processor.
They have christened the concept the Lifebook 2013 and the idea is to make it more a shell. There is a slot into which a digital camera is fixed. Detach the camera and use it to take pictures. Fit it back into the slot and it fits in snugly till you are ready to use it next.
The Lifebook does not have a keyboard of its own. All you need to do is to slide in the tablet that comes with it and use its virtual keyboard and display. The tablet fits into a recess inside the laptop and docks using a 16 pin docking area.
A built-in smartphone serves as the central processor and storage for the Lifebook 2013. The concept of the Lifebook 2013 is certainly revolutionary.