Modular Smart Phone, New Reading

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New platform for smart phones (Russian Intellectual Platform - RIP or Russian universal system - RUS) being developed in Russia now, will change drastically the model of the use of the mobile devices. It will allow the customer for adjusting the functionalities of the gadget under his/her needs without overpaying for unused functions. Telecom market has matured for the return to the idea of eternal gadgets at the new phase.

It looks like no one doubts that the multifunctional smart phones are the thing of future. Development of the mass production technologies resulted in increase of accessibility of high technologies on the one hand; and on the other hand, accumulation of user experience caused enhancement of requirements to products and lowering satisfaction of the users in spite of constant improvement of performance. The owners of smart phones become more attentive to drawbacks of devices: cheap plastic, unstable operation of the system, mismatch of the user experience and that declared in advertising campaigns, short service life, and last but not the least - frequent renewal of model families by manufacturers. As the result, people become aware of trickery.

Vendors are interested in frequent replacement of outdated smart phones; they introduce radically new families each 8 to 10 months. As the result, the quality of products lowers perceptibly; and devices often enter the market in "green" condition. It is not uncommon that a model bought for RUR 20 - 30 thousand losses its back panel after a year of operation, its speaker operates faulty, and the shock-proof display breaks at the first fall to the floor. Unfortunately, manufacturers are not interested in development of eternal devices with long service life. At the same time, the quality of products has long since been virtually unrelated to the device brand or class. The most popular and expensive smart phones are assembled of virtually the same details, as the cheap operator-brand models. Qualcomm Snapdragon processors can be installed in both costly brand models and nameless operator-brand devices.

Some manufacturers have already announced a new criterion for the future hi-tech devices. They believe that smart phones should become customized as much, as possible, like a suit sewed by a tailor. As the result, several projects of development of modular smart phones have been launched. They include Google Project Ara, as well as ZTE and Xiaomi devices from China. Manufacturers proposed to make smart phones of separate easy-to-change modules, i.e. to use the idea of replacing phone units mechanically. However, why do you need to replace modules impairing device performance, if the result can be gained by programming? It is just the right time to create eternal heavy-duty devices of fine design and to develop services for all required functionalities. The users will be terribly grateful for such solution!

Current smart phone computing capacities are sufficient for solution of virtually any tasks. If vendors give up the idea of gradual improvement of performance and begin to install the most powerful processors, cameras, batteries, etc. at devices, their capacities can become excessive. The time has come to replace cheap plastics by durable materials able to serve for at least 3 to 5 to 7 years, as former Nokia devices, rather than for 1 year. At the same time, the device must the maximum level of customization with all parameters subject to programming according to the wish of its owner only.

Migration to the new operation mode will require development of the brand new device - the smart phone of the future (SPF), protected by the Russian Patent No.118149 dated February 10, 2012. This phone of the maximum level of customization will be made of high-strength transparent crystalline material protected by the Russian industrial design Patent No. 84960 dated February 10, 2012. The smart phones of the future will be fitted with multi-core processor, two 3-D displays, several cameras, including the view control one, as well as various sensors, Multi Dynamic SIM technology, protected by the Russian Patent No. 132659 dated September 20, 2013 and No. 137688 dated February 5, 2014, as well as induction charging. Certainly, they will have artificial intelligence capacities. Obviously, such diversified functions will be demanded by some subscribers only. But the phone owner will be able to pay for functions useful to him/her. This can be realized on the basis of Russian Intellectual Platform (RIP) or Russian Universal System (RUS).

RIP (or RUS) can assist in flexible adjustment of display definition from a set of pixels to Ultra High Definition (UHD), allowing for demonstration of 3D image without additional devices. The intellectual platform will allow for selecting active battery capacity. If a phone is used for calls only, 1500 mAh capacity will be enough for several days. Constant use of social networks and watching video clips will require more than 4000 mAh battery capacity, and the user must pay for activation of the charging system using background radiation. 50-megapixel camera is not necessary to make a photo of a salad in an office canteen; a camera of lower resolution will be enough. Moreover, the platform monitors processor capacity by program tools. Thus, if you never use the mobile assistant functionality, watch UHDTV or play on-line games, app processor capacity is not necessary. And it's no sense to pay for useless functions. At the same time, RIP (or RUS) provides for installation of any operation system at a device and is able to activate maximum of smart phone functions at any moment and for any time.

Smart phone parameters are adjusted easily at that: the platform calculates the use of resources. The device owner can boost the smart phone at once, and after the use of relevant functions return to the reasonable power consumption mode. As the result, the device owner will always understand what he/she is paying for. And at last, people will begin to use exactly such functions and in such amount as they need.

RIP (or RUS) changes the approach to the purchase of a smart phone fundamentally. A purchased device with platform support will cost as low as possible subject to functionalities desired by its potential owner. For example, the device with basic functions only (calls and SMS) will cost RUR 1000 for convenience. And it will have functionalities of the cheapest phone only. Then its user will be able to expand or reduce device capacities and functions at will. Such solution for controlling smart phones and their functionalities can be named as Revolutionary Democratic Electronics. By the way, a simple name UmnoPhone, patent application No. 2014116794 dated April 25, 2014, (the "intelligent phone" in Russian) has been devised for such model of the use of the future smart phone.

Certainly, the family of such devices will not be large. But it will hardly become a problem; RIP (or RUS) will revive the ide of eternal devices that are easy to get to like and impossible to part with. Moreover, the limit number of models will be compensated by diversity of new services and applications that are impossible to be implemented now.

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