One of the more interesting things we saw yesterday at the Taiwan Broadband show was a demo from Ericsson showing off some of their ideas and visions of what the connected world will look like in the year 2020 and what type of devices people will be using. One of the concepts was the Spider Computer which is a rather bizarre looking device which seems to belong in a Sci-Fi flick.
Sadly the Spider Computer is as yet just a dummy prop, but Ericsson has been working on at least integrating the features they want into a slightly larger and somewhat less scary design. Although at the moment there’s just a pico projector, a laser keyboard and a memory card reader built in to the unit, Ericsson is hoping for future models that will incorporate a computer with 3G connectivity as well as a battery that powers the device.
We’re not sure that this type of device will replace the notebook as we know it, but it’s an interesting concept. Maybe we’ll see a combination of the two somehow, but we don’t have too high hopes that this will happen any time before 2020. On the other hand Ericsson is in talks with manufacturers that might consider making the current projector/keyboard prototype, but again we’re not sure who’s going to buy such a device.