Project Ophelia, Redefining Mobility?

*”Yay!! First post on my own website now, I should celebrate!” ended up going back to bed, browsing*

One of the best things that can only occur on weekend is being able to just lay lazy on my bed, with two laptops, browsing stuff over the internet and catching up with news I missed last week. I looked up news everyday through Twitter. I clicked on almost every single link from news site I followed on Twitter. I read everything, it’s almost overwhelming. I guess this is why some people prefer to follow celebrities on Twitter, rather than following bunch of news channel. To be honest, all these news channel (which is mostly technology news ) accounts I followed, made me overwhelmed at times. I can’t just read about newly released gadget without having the urge to go to Mr.Google, search for spec-sheet, then go to several websites compiling all the reviews about it. My brain doesn’t work that way ¬†ūüėÄ

I read about Project Ophelia months ago. I remember, I dreamed about it before! When I was a kid, I dreamed about having computer that could fit inside our pocket. I used to watch my Dad carry around his heavy laptop and thought “hmm…Dad’s pc should be small enough so he could carry it everywhere he goes” My Dad worked in various IT companies, he worked at AT&T, Motorola, Ericsson, Siemens, Alcatel etc. Now you know where my techie side came from! ¬†Yes, now its the era of Ultrabook. Intel’s way of defining mobility. I enjoy my first generation Ultrabook, it’s lightweight and reliable enough to carry all my workload. Mine didn’t have SSD yet, but most of second generation Ultrabook nowadays has it and by the launch of third generation Ultrabook, with Haswell architecture inside, I believe people would be easily convinced to switch to Ultrabook, unless they still need to strengthen their biceps with 2,5kg laptop, a free weight-lift exercise :p

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Dell’s Project Ophelia seems to be “something big” to me. All you need to do is find a screen (TV or monitor works) ¬†with HDMI port and plug this tiny thing, voila! every document, presentation etc that you need to access, is right in front of you!! Project Ophelia can connect to the web as well, so it’s totally like ¬†having a virtual office, anywhere you go. Well, I know it’s based on Android, although I still can’t see Android operation system being used as a business OS yet, unlike Windows, but it’s still a cool idea nevertheless. Inside this device is¬†Rockchip RK3066 (1.6¬†GHz Dual- Core Cortex-A9)¬†and 1GB of RAM. Its been said that Rockchip RK30066 performance is similar to Samsung Exynos 4 Dual-Core chip, so it seems pretty good. Wifi and Bluetooth connectivity are also available alongside MicroSD card slot for additional storage. OS? well it probably runs on Jelly Bean, but still unsure because it hasn’t been released to market yet. Beta testing, they says.

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Tiny USB-style PC, just like one of those things you will have if you are a spy! Wait, that’s the problem right there. You know how easy it is to lose USB right?? I had lost like a dozen of USBs in the past year, I don’t even want to know what’s in it or I will be freaking out my entire life. On the other hand, business people would be more concerned on¬†“what if this get stolen?”. Fortunately, security is something all manufacturer would worry about. Security, is something I am very concerned about too. In this era of Big Data, the term “sharing” is somehow seems dangerous, especially knowing that Project Ophelia device is based on cloud storage and I don’t believe in cloud storage security, yet. Turns out, Dell uses Wyse Cloud Client Manager software to securely access and share, this would be essential for business enterprise, because they will be able to manage permissions or access to Project Ophelia devices, based on role, department or location. Mr.IT Guy would be in charge of all Project Ophelia devices so when you lost your device, ¬†all you need to do is tell him to delete all data inside your device, remotely. Security wise, it seems secure enough.

I would say, “yes” to this device. I like the idea a lot. Although, I must say that Project Ophelia isn’t revolutionary enough to replace PC, but it’s a step forward toward redefining the term “mobile computing”. Should have replaced Android with Windows so it could run business suite like Microsoft Office, natively. But, ¬†all in all, I like it and for $100, might worth a try ūüėČ

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