29 Jan '14, 4pm

Modular Concepts at CES Hint at the Future of Mobile Computing

Modular Concepts at CES Hint at the Future of Mobile Computing

One of the highlights for us at CES is checking out concept products that will probably never see the light of day because they're just too crazy to give to consumers. You can think of them like pieces of designer clothing at a runway show: nobody actually wears that stuff, but it has the potential to influence the direction in which designs might be heading. A trend that we noticed with concept products at CES this year was modularity: the idea that you shouldn't have to settle for a mobile device (like a cellphone or a tablet or a laptop) that only exists in a single form factor. We use these gadgets in all kinds of ways that they weren't really intended for (like, watching a movie on a cellphone or editing an Excel spreadsheet using a tablet's touchscreen)—wouldn't it be fantastic if we could dynamically reconfigure them to best fit our immediate needs? This is a signif...

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