Back to back with the Bi Computing concept
Pauley Interactive's Bi Computing concept looks to provide "the perfect platform for gamers, Internet surfers, business applications or watching TV and movies all at the same time, in the same place." The design crunches a couple of computers into one unit with back to back displays, an idea that could help ease the battle for space in homes and offices positively overflowing with gadgets and gizmos.
Philip Pauley of Pauley Interactive told Gizmag that the Bi Computing concept "is based on two computers housed within one unit which will allow two users or groups of users to share one space and one computer/tv/machine more effectively." Each display is powered by its own computer system. It is thought that such a setup would cater to both independent and cooperative working, so that users can work on different projects at the same time or benefit from a shared view of a movie, gaming screen or boardroom presentation.
Pauley's original idea was to "bring families back into the living room together and liberate the wall, allowing either kids and/or parents to watch the same or different applications from both sides" but it soon became evident that a "computer system designed for multi-user application to reduce costs and energy consumption" would have benefits for business users and gamers too.
Instead of the entertainment hub being stuck on a wall or in a corner, the Bi Computing unit can be placed in the middle of a room, feeding applications and data from the system itself or wirelessly streaming media to both displays. Family feuding over programming or surfing should lessen as different members simultaneously enjoy their own unique content (with wireless headphones destined to take care of the audio). Offices or meeting rooms incorporating the system could see significant cost and energy savings, while gamers looking for a little more from sporting challenges or shoot-em-ups could benefit too.
Even though the Bi Computing concept is in its early design stages, Pauley confirmed that it's "proving very popular indeed and we expect the first unit to go into production within the next one-two years." He hopes that manufacturers who take the idea further would "incorporate as much technology as is available to them at the time" to make the design fit as many scenarios as possible, but also sees specific market-driven variations coming into play, such as systems specifically aimed at gamers.
Although modern monitors lend themselves to a rigid 90º viewing angle, there are those who like to tilt and tweak for a more personalized viewing angle. As such, this design would not be for them. Putting that marginal issue aside though, the Bi Computing concept would no doubt be an attractive proposition for home and business users alike.