[oclug] Linux "on the go" laptop, semi-wearable?
sroutier at gmail.com
Sat Apr 9 18:14:28 EDT 2005
- Portable VGA display! http://www.c1au.com/secondsight.html With
Linux driver in the works!
- Keyboard replacement
My Zaurus never had a good battery life. But there might be some hope
on that front:
Let me know when and were I can buy your new gadget!
On Apr 9, 2005 5:34 PM, Adrian Irving-Beer <wisq-oclug at wisq.net> wrote:
> So I'd like to see if there's a way to do computing on the move,
> without stopping and setting up my laptop, and without spending tons
> on a whole 'wearable' computer system.
> I figure the first step is finding a safe way to run the laptop on the
> move without suffering heat death. Assuming I can come up with some
> thin heat-exchanging carrying case via materials and some custom
> stitching, we'll put that aside for now.
> The next question is "display and input". I'd like to achieve X11
> support, although text mode is the most basic requirement. For X,
> there's three possibilities:
> * standard display using portable LCD (input method needed),
> * mobile processor (e.g. PDA) with native X server support,
> * mobile processor with VNC client,
> * mobile processor with telnet/SSH/serial port (text only).
> One idea I toyed with was the notion of a PDA, wired to the laptop. I
> believe some PDAs can establish a live network connection over their
> syncing cable, so the PDA would essentially become a client on a tiny
> peer-to-peer network with the laptop. The PDA has the advantage of
> its own input system, and being much more socially acceptable than
> wandering around with a Borg-like HUD. :)
> VNC is particularly of interest, as it allows for disconnection and
> reconnection while retaining state, and is probably more common than
> X11 support on the Windows-based devices.
> Another option is a tablet PC, a similar concept to the PDA thing.
> I know very little about tablet PCs, however; in particular, I don't
> know how they handle input.
> Finally, a pure portable LCD VGA display might work, although the
> input issue would still have to be solved. That could theoretically
> be done with wearable technology, e.g. a "Twiddler", although merely
> having one (and the requisite extra wire running across me) would be
> pushing the social acceptability factor. ;)
> Any thoughts? Ideally, the system would have something of the
> convenience of a PDA, but bolstered with the processing power,
> applications support, and mass storage of the laptop.
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