Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/194000/the-future-of-desktop-computing/
We are well used to our desktop computers and tablets, but what would a combination of these two types of computers with a traditional flat desktop surface be like? Computerphile profiles a working prototype of this combined physical interface system in today’s video.
IMO the future of desktop computing will be a desktop computer acting as a hub for all devices, or a 'domain' server for the home. You will be able to sync all devices to it at home and over the net as well has play high-end games over the air by running all the processing on the host and sending visuals/audio to playback devices and receiving input from same devices, like nvidia shield and SteamOS are working on. This would be much more efficient to upgrade the hardware on a master device than to be replacing every tablet/phone/laptop/HTPC and PC every 2 or so years. And of course over the net sync would include encrypted VPN. Also, its just a matter of time until all of your smart appliances run on a 'smart home server/software'.
The future in Desktop Computing will have Linux (btw ubuntu in this video), wherever the machine may be.
Honestly, that "computer on the table" concept looks like an ergonomic nightmare. I know what a pain in the neck I get when using the builtin notebook monitor as primary screen or wrist pain from overusing wide swipe gestures (e.g. Windows 8 tablets). These concepts seem to take those problems to the extreme.
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