As smartphones have become more powerful, increasing numbers of people are using them as laptop replacements. Still, the small size of a smartphone can make this difficult. A concept device could provide the hardware that the iPhone currently lacks.
The OLO Computer Concept is similar to Celio’s Redfly, adding a notebook-like shell to a smartphone, including a keyboard, larger screen, and battery. The rest of the device needs are handled by the smartphone — software, storage, and wireless connectivity.
The concept device would apparently work similarly to the Redfly, showing the iPhone’s display enlarged and allowing for full utilization of the device. Unlike the Redfly, the concept has the iPhone device “dock” into a panel and become a touchpad or second screen.
OLO’s concept image (at right) shows that a full version of Mac OS X is running, but it’s not clear at this point how OLO Computer will enable this to happen.
It is also not clear if the iPhone would support this type of docking as the hardware only supports TV-Out through an Apple-approved cable.
Not A Real Device (Yet?)
The OLO Computer Concept is a product of Active Innovation Management (A.I.M.). The OLO Computer Concept has been described by them as a part of an idea-generation project. At this time, there is no information about manufacturing plans for this device.