Lapdocks
#1
Recently, a new version of Pinephone with a docking station appeared on the Internet. I am very happy that Pine64 is developing better and better, but ...

In 2011 (around) Motorola released its smartphone, which was interesting for many hackers - Motorola Atrix and for some time continued its idea of connecting the phone with a computer using the so-called Lapdock

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So, in short, the shell of a laptop to which the phone was connected, which became a laptop.

Maybe Pine64 team can think if they could make such a project for Pinephones? Normally people would use Pinephone and connect to it with all the data in one place. In case of hardware upgrade (e.g. new version of PinePhone) you can just buy a new PinePhone and keep the station.

Often such stations allow you to connect e.g. Raspberry Pi. If the product would be cheap (I don't want to say here how much it should cost, but in my opinion about 100 dollars - HP sells its own for about 700 dollars - I think they fell on their heads, cause you can buy 3 pinebook pro). And I think everybody would be happy.
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#2
I preferred Always Innovating's earlier implementation to Motorola's. Either way it wouldn't be much of a stretch to take the existing PineBook (Pro) or PineTab and replace the main board with a USB-C dock board. There's a good chance it would work with other phones and SBCs too since I'd expect it to be standards compliant, so the potential market is bigger than just PinePhone customers.
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#3
Thanks on the tips, will explore since resource allows.
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#4
(07-21-2020, 12:04 AM)tllim Wrote: Thanks on the tips, will explore since resource allows.

Don't forget the Asus PadFone https://m.gsmarena.com/asus_padfone-pictures-3965.php

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#5
http://www.alwaysinnovating.com/innovation/
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#6
Since I see it somehow hasn't been mentioned yet: this exists, I have a NexDock 2 which is exactly this. (And which should work just fine with the PinePhone models that have fixed USB-C display output: https://twitter.com/Mariogrip/status/128...5085155329)

That's now out of stock, but the touchscreen version is in production and due to ship soon: https://nexdock.com/touch/
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(07-24-2020, 01:13 PM)jfrederickson Wrote: Since I see it somehow hasn't been mentioned yet: this exists, I have a NexDock 2 which is exactly this. (And which should work just fine with the PinePhone models that have fixed USB-C display output: https://twitter.com/Mariogrip/status/128...5085155329)

That's now out of stock, but the touchscreen version is in production and due to ship soon: https://nexdock.com/touch/

I was thinking along the same lines after seeing ETA Prime's review of the new version... what I would love to see is a complete Pinebook pro which could ALSO be connected to by phones or SBCs for use of touchscreen monitor, keyboard and touchpad.  You would then have a fully functioning low power laptop to take with you, but when desired, could connect other things to it.. even a powerful NUC.. would be a cleaner solution than the portable monitor and keyboard I have to use currently to make my NUC mobile.. some of them have USB C for monitor so that would help reduce cables.  Another thing that would be cool is if the lapdock had it's SBC on a removable card for upgrading.  (I know that one is more of a reach.. and over time ports get outdated, but it would potentially give long life the the lapdock.
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#8
The reality is that in a world where we can get a pi zero W for $10 it is better for every screen and keyboard to have it's own OS, file system, and processing ability.  Even back in the late 90s and early 2000s I was SSHing into my computers or servers to offload work from my mobile device even from an old Handspring Visor or Sharp Zaurus.  You can get your phone's GUI up on a laptop with VNC but for me at least getting a remote terminal and being able to transfer files is really where I want to go, that includes treating my mobile devices like a server for my laptop.
In a Linux/Unix lifestyle everything is just another server you can access and exploit to serve your needs best.
I would not like to have to jack my phone in to an otherwise dead keyboard and screen, but I would like my phone or other mobile device as tightly integrated as possible with my other digital assets when they are in the same space or 11000km away.
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