Smartphones are getting more powerful everyday. What is common sense for an average smartphone today used to power a top laptop running Windows XP only 7-8 years ago…
Due to all these quick technical advances, many manufacturers started to look into modular gadgets designed around smartphones – check the Fujitsu Lifebook 2013, Asus Padfone and the Obento Note.
The Casetop is one of the products that follows this path of modular gadgetry. While the idea is not completely new, it’s amazing how simple, efficient and cheap is Livi Design’s implementation.
The Casetop allows you to dock your smartphone and use it as processor, graphics engine and mouse-pad for the entire system. Once docked, the smartphone outputs graphics to an 11.1-inch 720po screen, uses the Casetop full-sized keyboard for text input and allows you to work or play just like on any regular laptop. Other notable features: stereo speakers, HDMI and MHL input, Micro USB, audio output and a rechargeable integrated battery ready to power your phone for around 30 hours. The Casetop can act as charger for any USB device and the cool part is that it is compatible with iPhones, Blackberry10 and various Android models via the slide-out clam support designed to accommodate various smartphone sizes.
While the idea of getting work done on my Android does not excite me that much, with the development of Windows 8 and Microsoft’s new approach to offer a unified mobile/desktop environment, I can see a lot of positive future for the Casetop. I believe the time when the only gadget we’ll have will be our smartphone is not that far away. Imagine you go to work, pull out your smartphone, dock it, turn on the Corporate profile and work like a boss. Get home, dock your phone, turn on the personal profile and happy personal computing. Same when you go to a friend and want to share pics and videos. Same when you meet a customer and show him a project. The possibilities are unlimited!
Now, to get back to the Casetop – The Casetop is in project stage at KickStarter with pledges of $250. Feel free to give the guys at Livi Design a hand to get this wonder in production.
I really want to hear your thought on this in the comments. Do you think Casetop like devices are the future of personal computing? How about the corporate world? Do you think at a point you’ll have only one gadget to rule them all and be able to hook it and use it in various formats?