A group of researchers from the universities of calgary, Waterloo and Dartmouth College (Canada) has developed a modular smartphone which consists of three gadgets – the main and two peripheral. Its main advantage is that they can simultaneously use several people.
From the main unit the user can control application access on the peripheral, monitoring the “picture” on their screens. Peripheral smartphones – one medium size, one small – are each in its niche of the common housing waiting “in the wings” in case anybody needs to call or your child wants to play.
For this you need to remove the smartphone from a niche and install on the main screen of the smartphone access to apps and functions that the user deems necessary. There are 4 modes: “loan application”, “guest”, “full access” and “screen sharing”. Gadgets communicate with each other using NFC technology.
The peripheral telephone number of the functions looks much more modest: it is possible to call and control basic module, if it is used by someone else.
The disadvantages of the new system include a housing container for storing smartphones — it is printed on a 3D printer and does not differ special refinement. It has a rectangular shape and bland grey colour. It’s fairly large size of the container is inconvenient when constant use.
As shown, modular phones have not gained popularity, but according to one of the creators of the smartphone three-in-one Teddy Seyed, they may wish to use parents with children or lovers of multiplayer mobile games.