The world of personal computing is driven by satisfying the customer demand and matching everyone else’s design. Moore’s Law drives expectations for performance. The size of personal devices is determined by display sizes: notebook, tablet, PDA and smaller personal tech such as smartwatches. This a nice neat package of how computing can be expressed. Right?
At ITU Telecom World we got a sample of another view by NEC. It is based on the pen and called P-ISM. This concept is so radical that we went to Tokyo to learn more.
The design concept uses five different pens to make a computer. One pen is a CPU, another a camera, one creates a virtual keyboard, another projects the visual output and thus the display and another a communicator (a phone). All five pens can rest in a holding block which recharges the batteries and holds the mass storage. Each pen communicates wireless, possibly Bluetooth.