I’m a Free Software Developer and Advocate. I’ve seen significant technological advancements, and the places where I’ve been involved in those advancements has usually been to address a power imbalance where technology has been used to gain a hold over significant numbers of people in some overlooked but important way.
So the question is being asked: how does technology inspire you? Technology does NOT inspire me. PEOPLE inspire me. More to the point: serving PEOPLE – through technology – is what inspires and drives me to make a difference.
I first noticed that recent advances in smartphone and tablet technology was beginning to be abused some time four years ago. My current initiative is therefore to address this imbalance and many others, including reducing e-waste.
The innovation is called the "Rhombus Tech" initiative, and begins with a standard called "EOMA-68". The initiative is nothing short of a revolutionary paradigm shift in mass-volume computing appliances, through the simple expedient of separating out the exact same CPUs that are used in smartphones and tablets today out onto a small 5mm by 54mm by 86mm credit-card-sized mass-produced unit. The CPU Card, which contains Memory, NAND Flash, USB, HDMI and Micro-SD, can not only operate as a stand-alone computer but also can be plugged into a wide variety of computing appliances, including laptops, MIDs, tablets, LCD TVs, NAS boxes, SoHo servers, Media Centres, HDTV Centres, Smart Internet TVs - the possibilities are very, very large. The significant part of this innovation is that products can be upgraded simply by buying a new CPU Card instead of an entire new product. The other significant part is that CPU Cards can be shared between products. Pop the CPU Card out of a tablet, put it into a laptop. Done. And for those people who value their privacy, their applications and data were automatically transferred because they're stored on the CPU Card. Each product which complies to the EOMA-68 standard has a *small* cost overhead that is dwarfed by the cost savings associated with being able to share CPU Cards - the heart of their computing experience - across several products (when did you last need to use a tablet and a desktop and a laptop, all at the same time?) Not only that, but there are clear environmental cost savings as well.
Materials: recycling, rethinking, new applications
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