Researchers at the Nokia Research Center Bochum in Germany are developing a project called noBounds, a low-power software solution that aims to allow Internet Tablets and Nokia smartphones to use a second screen.
The goal is to expand Nokia products with higher resolution external displays, such as high-definition (HD) panels, projectors, and near-to-eye displays (NED).
Much like the TV-Out functionality present in Nokia’s N95 and N82 smartphones, the noBounds project is a low-power software solution for devices that aims to extend HD quality video and functionality to a second screen.
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The evaluation focused on using one of Nokia’s mobile Linux devices, the N810, which has similar specifications to high-end smartphones (high-end mobile CPU, Wi-Fi, etc.) with the noBounds application.
Within the demonstration, a firmware update provided the needed software, and then a USB or Wi-Fi connection and external display (connected via DVI or SubD VGA) made for the interface.
More About noBounds
noBounds is a Python-based application which not only can be used to attach an external high resolution display to a mobile device, it can also seamlessly use available input devices such as a keyboard or a USB mouse.
To date, a network of market leaders in flat panel, projector and and the smartphone industry have joined to push forward the idea and application of noBounds.
A video of the noBounds project can be seen here.