When Asus announced its Padphone last year, it turned more than a few heads with its phone-inside-a-tablet design. Say what you will about the appearance, but the idea of shared hardware is a clever notion. India-based industrial designer Prashant Chandra appears to have one-upped Asus designers with his concept Lifebook laptop, which has three sub-devices – a camera, a phone, and a tablet – all built in.
What’s clever here is the placement of those gadgets. The tablet, which would have a virtual keyboard, would take the position of where a normal keyboard would be, snapping in via a 16-pin connector, and defaulting to keyboard mode. The second sub-device, the phone/music player sits in a slot off to the left. Around the back, embedded in the lid of the Lifebook would be the laptop’s camera, which could be removed and used independently.
It’s important to note that this is just a concept design, and to my knowledge it has no official affiliation with Fujitsu . But this hybrid approach means that everything is charges and syncs in one place, with no need for wires or stand-alone docs. Admittedly, you would be left with a gaping hole in your laptop if you lost either of those three components!
Nevertheless it’s a very cool idea, and even if we don’t see it implemented in this way exactly, it would be cool to see manufacturers build upon this idea.
Via Yanko Design
Someone please correct me if I’m mistaken. ↩