The Nanoport can link multiple smartphones into a super-tablet

The Nanoport can link multiple smartphones into a super-tablet
Ever thought about how cool it would be if we were able to link our smartphones together and have them transfer information between each other and unify their displays to become a large tablet? Well, the guys at Nano Magnetics sure have.

Back in CES 2014, the team announced that a gadget – dubbed Nanoport – which makes that possible is in the makings. It looks like a frame, or a bumper case, which the user has to stick to their phone. If the handheld comes in close proximity to another one that bears the same frame – the two click together magnetically, and information instantly starts flowing between the two, allowing the smartphones to link their screens and give the user a larger image to gaze at. According to Nano Magnetics, this also allows for fast and secure data and power transfer.

The team also says there will be a developer kit available for manufacturers, allowing them to build Nanoport-enabled devices – this means speakers, batteries, controllers, and who-knows-what-else.

Of course, some questions still sit at the back of our minds, like – what phones does it support right now? Will there be an intricate way to link phones with similar display sizes, but different bodies? Will linking phones with different display sizes result in differently sized images, or will the system identify them and change zoom levels, so the picture does not appear distorted and tiled from screen to screen?

As far as usability goes – we're pretty sure no one's going to buy 3-4 smartphones just so they could link them in a tablet, however, it could be an invaluable tool for connecting your phones into a huge display when you are out and about with your buddies, or for collaboration purposes at work.

The guys at Nano Magnetics have said that they have a working prototype that's going to make an appearance at CES 2015 – which means at the start of next month. Does this piece of tech make your inner nerd tingle with excitement? It sure does it for us.



source: Nano Magnetics via Pocket-lint

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7 Comments

1. saddam91

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

its remind me galaxy note 3 features

2. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Nice innovation.

3. gagakiller

Posts: 176; Member since: Oct 08, 2014

gimmicks

4. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Indeed, why the hell would you carry around 3-4 smartphones just to make a super tablet

5. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

While I totally agree that currently it is a gimmick, what I think might be at least sort of useful is the ability to click on other devices to your phone as they mention, extra battery that only just needs to touch your device, and gets used first before the primary battery? and when used you can remove it easy without opening the phone? Or maybe click on io devices, usb hubs, or though this already exists, there isn't really any platform or standard for it, as a platform the idea is good, but the example with screen is a really bad one, other devices, definitely has potential.

7. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Not really gimmicks. It's innovation that hope one day it will catch on. What if you work in a team situation and everyone has this phone. To talk about a project, everyone just put the phone together and look at report/plan on this "tablet".

6. Sealblaighter

Posts: 427; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Samsung is going to make a super smart phone which will be both a smart phone and Tablet. LG is going to make something similar too.

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