Monday, November 9, 2009

Will Starbucks Serve Servers?

Would you like thin-client computing with your skinny latte?

Tech-savy baristas may be asking you these kinds of questions, if the thin-client research that computer science PhD student Cynthia Taylor is working on takes off. At the poster session at the Center for Wireless Communications (CWC) research review on Friday, Taylor gave me a quick rundown on her research.

Take home message: she wants to turn your iPhone (and related PDAs and comm devices) into an input/output device that hooks into local servers as well as servers across the Web. This would let you do all kinds of things that are too demanding for the local computational resources of a PDA.

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