So I thought it would be useful to have an “idea bank” where we could store possible ideas for future projects. So if you guys post your ideas here, I will try to add them all here, no matter if they’re all crazy or impossible.
So, here are the ideas so far. Some of them I took from other topics, some I thought of myself:
A gaming desktop computer:
We could make a special case and accessories for it to make it stand out. Or even bundle peripherals together.
Possibly much lower price than what you can find on the market
Easier to obtain than building it yourself, and no need to buy any extra peripherals (?)
Difficult to meet everyone’s needs
Current market proposals, as well as building one yourself, offers a more “personal” approach
A Windows 10 phone that woukd rival the rumored Surface Phone, or replace it, if it doesn’t appear at all. Here’s a wonderful thread discussing it:
An awesome addition would be a x86 processor with full win32 app support. Basically the full Windows 10 OS with the Start Menu, Action center and stuff like that taken from Mobile.
However, it would be hard to choose such a capable CPU. Atoms are not fast enough, Core M would heat up rather quickly. Let’s see what Kaby Lake brings us?
Unrivaled performance in Windows Phone market
Could replace a netbook with proper accessories
High productivity (pen support, Continuum)
Limited choice of x86 processors (could also go for ARM)
Windows Phone’s lacking app market
Running desktop apps would require Microsoft’s help with software; it’s inefficient on small screens
PC accessory bundles:
This way we could hand-pick the best accessories in the market, bundle them together and sell to PC owners.
Would probably save you from the need to choose one of those thousands of products. It would be hand-picked by the community
Very suitable for new PC owners
New PC owners often don’t know yet if they’re really serious about this
Existing owners mostly already have bought some expensive peripherals that are good for them
This one is from me. Since Intel lately has been improving their CPU scalability, it would become possible to push the concept of Convertible, or 2-in-1 PC. Or expand the Phablet concept, depends from which side you look at it. Let’s start by Microsoft Surface Book as an example. Now imagine a hole in the tablet part of it, where you could plug in the Eve Phone (or Surface Phine :D). Probably on the top, so that you could use the phone’s camera. Or its screen, for notifications and stuff while your tablet is sleeping. The idea here is to create a fluent experience across a smartphone, a tablet and a laptop. Just like Surface Pro, the kegboard would include a GPU and a bigger battery, the tablet would have a bigger screen, better front camera (video calls) and an SSD for, you know, doing desktop work. Making it run off the phone’s battery would make it much thinner. At least the sides of it, like Crapple’s design The problem is, of course, the processor. Maybe a Core M would be good for phone at TDP-low setting and for tablet at TDP-high, but no way would it satisfy the laptop with a GPU, where users are expected to do much heavier work, to actually use the GPU. A solution to this would be including a Core i processor in the tablet part, but this kind of discourages the user from making use of the “phablet” scalability, as the tablet could already boot without the phone. And if using Core M, there would be a problem of transferring the heat from the phone to the tablet (at TDP-high setting)
“Continuum” all the way from a smartphone to (almost) a desktop PC (due to the GPU)
All applies from Eve Phone
Again, a limited choice of phone apps
Limited by current technology, but let’s see what Intel has to offer with upcoming CPU’s
A very high price (not so high if you add up what you would nornally pay for 3 separate devices - it’s just like with convertibles, which are more expensive than “normal” laptops)
A high-performance 2-in-1:
We already have some, such as Microsoft’s Surface family (way too expensive) or 360 laptops like Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga 15, but those are clunky and you can’t remove the keyboard. What I would rather want to see is a tablet with Intel’s latest i5/i7, and a detachable keyboard. So that I can use it as a tablet when I want to, and I don’t need to lug that keyboard around. The keyboard could also include a GPU, if that’s possible in humanly price. This is something similar to Pyramid Flipper, but instead of being “tablet-first” or “laptop-first”, it would be the best of both worlds. Ultra-portable, ultra-powerful. Probably very similar to the Surface Book, but without its bullshit price tag, weird hinge and bullshit battery life
Best of both worlds: both portable and can do heavy-duty work
Much more realistic than Phabtop
Still wouldn’t replace your desktop. Or your phone.
Maybe expensive. The only comparable product is Surface Book, which costs around $2000 with the GPU…
Here’s another one: A fully upgradeable laptop. Back in the day, in “workstations” such as IBM’s Thinkpads, you could replace pretty much everything. Nowadays, most laptops have “unibody” designs, and even after taking them apart, the only thing you can remove is often the storage drive. Even RAM is soldered directly on the motherboard! Yeah, there are still some laptops in which you can remove the GPU, even more with replaceable RAM. But does this satisfy you? I say no! Let’s have a laptop with user-replaceable CPU, easily accessible battery without any screws, just like in the good old days. You’ll say, why remove the processor if newer ones will use a different socket? Well, you can still replace an i3 with an i7 if/when your needs increase. And if the laptop is truly modular, we can ask Eve to produce different motherboards in the future or a whole new body with a motherboard, where we would put our own HDD, GPU, RAM, battery, CPU… However, there is a big BUTT in the way. It’s quite hard to obtain new laptop processors, as there is currently no demand for them, being so hard to replace.
Modular and future-proof design
Applicable to a wide variety of people, because they could buy their own components for it
On the other hand, only a handful of people might be willing to disassemble their laptop. There is no laptop builders community as big as desktop builders
Hard to obtain some replacement parts, as they usually aren’t replaceable
Would result in a quite bulky device due to the space requirements of user-serviceable sockets
So, that’s it for now, but I will continue posting others’ ideas here and try to keep it organized. Maybe when the time comes, we can take this thread and make a vote out of it?