Seed concept allows for a smartphone to power other devices including a tablet, laptop and desktop

Seed concept allows for a smartphone to power other devices including a tablet, laptop and desktop
Seed is a similar concept to the Asus Padfone. A smartphone is placed into a dock to power up a tablet. In a nutshell, that is how you would explain the Padfone. Seed was devised by a computer engineering student from the University of Cape Town named Nick Rout. And unlike the Android powered Padfone, Seed will be driven by Ubuntu. Rout has fronted the cost of Seed out of his own pocket, although he expects crowd-sourced funding to be in the product's future. He also has been speaking with a number of potential investors.

The Seed smartphone docks with a tablet, laptop, desktop and television. Note how the placement of the smartphone on the laptop allows the touchscreen on the handset to double as a touchpad for the computer. Magnets hold the phone in place in the docks and while the phone does all of the heavy lifting, the docks change the form factor and set off a different UI. A unified app store allows apps to be consistent across different devices.

The phone is expected to feature a 4.5 inch screen (protected by Gorilla Glass) with resolution of 720 x 1280. A quad-core Snapdragon 805 CPU will be under the hood with the Adreno 420 GPU on board. 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage is on board. A 13MP snapper on back has an aperture of f/2.0 to help you take pictures under low-light conditions. A 2400mAh battery keeps the lights on. As far as the tablet is concerned, it is equipped with an 8 inch screen offering 1080p resolution. A 4400mAh cell keeps the slate powered up.

Seed still needs funding, and there is a long way to go before this becomes reality. The company is accepting donations, which you can make from the company website, accessible by clicking on the sourcelink.

source: Seed via IBT



1. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

So if you lose,break your phone, all is lost. Idk.

2. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

SD805 on 720p display? That's insane!

3. vincelongman

Posts: 5730; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Sounds cool Phone to tablet (like ASUS') would be fine But I don't think laptop/desktop mode would be as good as having a Windows/Mac laptop/PC, because their wide range of apps. The TV mode would nice to watch TV/movies/videos, but wouldn't be as good at gaming as a console/PC.

4. Sriniva1995

Posts: 44; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

I totally agree with you bro , its a good concept but wouldn't be as effective as a windows pc and moreover powered by Linux means lesser apps compared to other platforms... , so bad choice

5. twens

Posts: 1180; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

This would be totally insane if the OS on the phone is a full W8. 1

6. alumoyo

Posts: 392; Member since: Aug 26, 2013

The padfone one? leave that alone, its a dead end. The laptop thing - THAT'S WHERE ITS AT!

7. ojz0r

Posts: 22; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

Canonical called, they wanted their working concept back :)

12. Krjal

Posts: 432; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

Hah, exactly what I was thinking! Obviously missing a bit of the Edge's design flair but slightly more realistic for it. Good luck to them though. I still like the idea :)

8. nlbates66

Posts: 328; Member since: Aug 15, 2012

woulda been interesting if they were gonna put an x86 processor in it.

9. DillWeed

Posts: 150; Member since: Mar 14, 2014

I can already charge stuff like my BT headset with my Note 3 over the otg

10. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

Probably going to fail, just like the Ubuntu Edge :(

11. boblight

Posts: 84; Member since: Jul 28, 2012

Hmm. Interesting concept. Would like to see more on how this seed device functions. If he is looking for a company to sponsor him, he should try microsoft , since they want to unify their platforms together ?

13. garyII

Posts: 160; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

this just made the smartphone even indispensable !

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