Today’s smart devices usually have a way of increasing memory. What if it were just as easy to increase processing power?
terms: Network on Chip (NoC), coprocessor, daughterboard, USB, PCI Express
There are several ways of doing this. One is to actually plug in additional processors as the need arises and finances can support. So, a typical scenario is to purchase a simple feature phone that has a simple single or duel core processor and then gradually add more processing.
Another approach is allowing the smartphone to offload processing to traditional devices, such as a PC, or even other smartphones. This is kind of happening now with “Cloud” services and server based processing of complex tasks like voice recognition. The problem with these networked processing advances is latency, bandwidth, connectivity, privacy, and security.
What I’m envisioning is arriving home and your mobile device connects to your home based processing resources. Your home digibiome extends to provide processing and data resources. Your fridge has spare cycles, your clock is not ringing, the alarm system is not armed. All can do stuff.
May 1, 2013: Come to think of it, pluggable processors for any computing device should be possible. Network on Chip (NoC) concepts could be applied to a Network In A Box (NiaB).
July 3, 2013: Will the Motorola Moto X be something that can enable something like this? I doubt it.