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Silver Lightning

Silver Lightning™ is a hardware product to provide a streamlined solution for personal computing. It aims to be a more secure and reliable replacement for a physical PC. It would accomplish this by using a smartphone app to setup and use a virtual computer image running in the cloud.

It would include a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard, Chromecast, Android App, and Amazon WorkSpaces desktop. It would work by using the app to setup and connect to a WorkSpaces desktop, then integrate the peripherals and display, passing through control between those and the WorkSpaces desktop.

Silver Lightning™ would pass input from the keyboard and mouse to the cloud desktop, and provide output audio and video from the cloud desktop to a display (such as a TV) through the Chromecast. These integrations would be performed by a smartphone app so the customer would not need any physical PC device at his location.

  • Many people have and use mobile devices before obtaining and setting up a PC
  • Aside from mobile devices, there is still some demand for desktop computing functionality as through a PC
  • Even many people who do use PCs also have smartphones and set them beside or use them at the same time as their PC
This would provide better security and reliability because:
  • The cloud desktop would have reliable power so functionality and data would not be damaged by power outages or surges at the customer's location
  • Data would be stored securely in the cloud instead of where it could be accessed or stolen at the customer's location
  • The cloud provider would provide backups to prevent permanent data loss such as could occur without reliable backups
Secondary Advantages:
  • Easier to use the same functionality and data at various locations because it would be more portable than a traditional physical PC
  • Possibly lower cost because it is more efficient
  • Consumes less electricity at customer location
  • Less physical parts for the customer to directly maintain:
    • less to obtain, store, protect, clean, or repair
  • Quicker and easier to upgrade or change specifications
Technical Feasibility:
  • Android phones already support using two Bluetooth devices such as a keyboard and mouse, and Chromecast, at the same time
  • Google Cast provides an SDK for third party developers to make android apps use Cast to send arbitrary audio/video to a display
  • There is already an Android client that supports Amazon WorkSpaces on some devices
Verified Author: Serafino Software™
Maturity Idea 
Type: Hardware Product, Software Product
Date Claimed: 16 August 2017


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