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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.

Observations:
  • 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
Advantages:
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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