Friday, May 31, 2013

Personal distributed micro-computing for battery life or something else, will that happen?

Distributed computed is associated with the need to perform tasks that require big resources, mainly related to CPU and memory. Although there are even big projects addressing to the masses (e.g, SETI@Home), most of such projects run on private distributed grids owned by academic institutes or big companies.

Looking around the bunch of gadgets we carry with us these days, probably more in the very near future, I was wondering if delegation of tasks between these devices will improve our experience. As a traveler, the smartphone is the most convenient tool for me to check what happened online. Can be done during queuing for security checks, waiting for and in public transport or during walking. The problem, its battery goes dry fast, very fast.

But there can be plenty of devices around me, owned by me, just sitting in standby. Will a transparent interaction between them can give us a better experience?

The smart phone could be like a control center, delegating tasks to your Google Glases, Apple iWatch, Kindle, Sony MP3 Player or even the laptop. You took a video and want to scale it to upload, the laptop can do faster, it just need to be woken up, get the video and return it back sized down. Checking if there is a new email in inbox can be delegated to mp3 player, that eventually return a 'no' or headers of what is new.

Besides the fancy gadgets these days, kind of required to be small, people like to wear also big things, which can hide battery and computing power - boots, belts, hats, necklaces... Time for them to join the electronic space and for gadget companies to build a personal micro-computing grid framework?

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